WOR­RY­ING STATIS­TICS

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No­ra­zlina also di­vulged some wor­ry­ing statis­tics. “Ac­cord­ing to the na­tional eye sur­vey of 2014, about 1.2% of those in their 50s and above are blind. The top three causes are cataract, di­a­betic retinopa­thy and glau­coma, with cataract, the lead­ing cause of agere­lated vi­sion im­pair­ment in Malaysia.”

Adding to her state­ment was KPJ Health­care Ber­had pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Amirud­din Ab­dul Satar, who said: “Re­search on global blind­ness and vi­sion im­pair­ment re­vealed that cur­rently there are over 285 mil­lion peo­ple in the world who are vis­ually im­paired. More than seven mil­lion be­come blind ev­ery year; ev­ery five sec­onds, one per­son in the world goes blind; and a child goes blind ev­ery minute.” At the re­cent WSD event hosted by KPJ CFS, the mayor con­grat­u­lated the cen­tre on its ef­forts. “This self­less act of help­ing the el­derly re­gain their sight (since 2006), is an ex­cel­lent and noble ex­am­ple of KPJ Group’s com­mu­nity out­reach un­der­tak­ings.

“As many of the re­cip­i­ents are from Wi­layah Perseku­tuan, we are grate­ful for this sup­port,” he said.

KPJ Cen­tre for Sight is now reach­ing out to the young peo­ple of Kuala Lumpur and its sur­round­ing ar­eas. There is still much to be done in re­duc­ing the num­ber of cases re­lated to blind­ness.

“We ac­knowl­edge that the road in pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary eye care to re­duce the num­ber of avoid­able blind­ness is a long one.

“How­ever, we trust with the sup­port and in­volve­ment of every­one, we can reach more peo­ple in less time,” said Amirud­din. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit KPJ CFS’ web­site.

Group pic­ture at the launch fea­tur­ing KPJ CFS rep­re­sen­ta­tives with KPJ CFS chair­man Datin S. Fauziah Ja­malud­din (fifth, left), Amirud­din (cen­tre) and Mhd Amin Nordin (sixth, right). Be­low, right: As­sist­ing an el­derly re­cip­i­ent of the pro­gramme at the event.

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