QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city government shall institutionalize a comprehensive eye care program, which includes primary eye care, for city residents.
In a statement, Bautista said he has approved City Ordinance 2689-2018, which was introduced by Councilors Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla and Diorella Maria Sotto, paving the way for the institution of the eye care program in QC. He said the ordinance also aims to have a wide inter-sectoral collaboration, through community participation, to provide an efficient system on the prevention, identification and treatment of visual impairment and blindness.
The program shall contribute in promoting the ‘right to sight’ of Filipinos in line with Vision 2020 Philippines that will strengthen the partnership with stakeholders in eliminating avoidable blindness, empowering communities to take proactive roles in the promotion of eye health and prevention of blindness, providing access to quality eye care services for all, and alleviating poverty through sight preservation and restoration of Filipinos, the city’s Chief Executive said.
Bautista said the Quezon City Health Department together with the Quezon City General Hospital and the Department of Health shall provide trainings on eye care, vision screening, and other relevant services to community health workers, doctors, nurses, public school and day care teachers.
In addition, an annual vision screening in Quezon City shall be spearheaded by the QCHD in barangays, public schools and day care centers, he added.