EVERY DIABETIC PATIENT MUST HAVE EYE EXAMINATION ONCE A YEAR IN ALL PUBLIC HOSPITALS
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According to the Latest National Diabetes Survey 2017, Diabetes prevalence in Pakistan reaches an alarming 26 % which translates into 35 to 38 million people above the age of 20 years, is suffering from type 2 diabetes.
7-8 % of Pakistan’s population, that is 7 to 8 million people, had been estimated to be patients of diabetes. The experts believed that the estimated figures would reach a maximum of 15-20 % by the year 2045. But unexpectedly 26% of the country’s population is already diabetic.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment resulting from diabetes in adults. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a complication of diabetes that affects the blood vessels of the retina. By 2030, at least 1.8 million people in Pakistan will be afflicted by sight threatening diabetic retinopathy, which is about the same as the 1.7 million in 2014 who are blind from all causes. In Pakistan, diabetic patients are generally not screened for Diabetic Retinopathy neither are not advised for eye examination in the public hospitals.
Thus considering this alarming and vision threatening situation due to Diabetes in Pakistan, a petition has been launched to get votes from general public that All Policy Makers including National Health services, Regulation and Coordination Government of Pakistan, Provincial Health Departments and Authorities of all four provinces, National and Provincial Legislative Assemblies of Pakistan, should ensure that every diabetic patient must have eye examination once in a year in all public hospitals of Pakistan.
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