Prevalence of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Cambodia Down

The prevalence rate of blindness and visual impairment among the population aged 50 and older has reduced from 2.8 to 2.5 percent, according to the Cambodia National Programme for Eye Health's report.

Minister of Health H.E. Dr Mam Bunheng quoted the report at a national workshop to disseminate the report's findings on prevention of avoidable blindness, held here yesterday.

H.E. Minister attributed the achievement to the efforts in raising public awareness on eye health care as well as in bettering prevention, care and treatment services.

There are currently 60,800 blind people, almost 62,000 people with serious visual impairment, and nearly 320,000 people with moderate visual impairment in Cambodia, pointed out the report.

H.E. Dr Mam Bunheng said the report's findings will be included in the strategic plan on betterment of eye care and prevention of visual impairment.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press