International while cane day marked

Islamabad: International White Cane was marked across Pakistan in accordance with the UN Charter to create awareness about the well being of the blind persons in the society on Sunday.

White Cane Safety Day is a observance annually held on October 15 to celebrate blind and visually impaired people’s achievements and the importance of the white cane.

Seminars, walks and other programmes were held by the government agencies and civil society organizations in the country to remind people about the importance of the While cane that helps blind and visually impaired live with greater independence.

These activities and ceremonies in Communities across the nation re-affirm their commitment to improve access to basic services for blind and visually impaired people.

White Cane Safety Day also reminds people that motor vehicles and pedestrians should yield the right of way to blind or visually impaired people using canes.
World Health Organisation reports at least 2.5 percent of Pakistan’s population suffers from blindness out of which 80 percent cases can be treated through awareness.

According to WHO study Pakistan had one ophthalmologist for 600,000 people. Most ophthalmologists are  located in urban centres while 80 percent of the people live in rural areas. Back then eye care services are  provided by tertiary hospitals, secondary hospitals, mission hospitals and some cottage hospitals and are  out of reach of majority of rural population. Of 64 secondary hospitals only six had ophthalmologists available.

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