World Sight Day celebrated on Thursday 10th October 2019 is an annual event, which is always held on the second Thursday of October, aiming to draw attention to a range of issues surrounding blindness and visual impairment. It is seen as one of the most important communication and advocacy events on the eye health calendar.
The theme this year was “a world in which nobody is needlessly visually impaired”.
On this day, NGOs, DPOs and civil organisations all come together to raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major international public health issues and also influence Governments and Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes.
The Ruya Project, Islamic Medical Association, Gauteng Department of Health, Laudium Women's Network, Laudium Mental Health and Al Imdaad Foundation held an awareness day at the Tamil Hall in Laudium. Over 250 people attended, 100 elderly and chronic patients were given an Eye Screening and each of them will receive free spectacles. Mental Health Talks & Activities were also given throughout the morning.
Al Imdaad Foundation donated hygiene packs to all those who attended. Refreshments serve sponsored by the Laudium Women's Network.
Sister Meyer of The Laudium Community Health Clinic was overwhelmed with the success of the event and thanked everybody who participated in making the event a success.
"Laudium can look forward to having more events of this nature." she concluded.
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