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MoPH trains school nurses to detect low vision among students

MoPH trains school nurses to detect low vision among students

Tribune News Network
Doha
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, has conducted the school eye health programme in all governmental and private schools and organised a workshop on ‘Low vision screening for school nurses’ in collaboration with partners.
The workshop targeted 133 new nurses.
During the workshop, the Blindness Prevention Programme team at MoPH presented various lectures about the common eye diseases, eye trauma and a practical training to all participants on how to perform an accurate visual acuity measurement and to fill the electronic screening forms.
Dr Kholood al Mutawa, head of non-communicable disease section at MoPH, stressed the importance of early detection of low vision cases in children and referral of such cases to the health centres, in a effort to reduce the prevalence of low vision and lazy eye complications among schoolchildren.
Mutawa said Qatar has implemented this mandatory visual acuity screening in all governmental and private schools. The data of last vision screening survey 2018-2019, which involved 113,946 students, shows that 14 percent of governmental schools’ students and 24 percent of private schools’ students have low vision, less than normal average of (6/6).

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