Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar:
A five-day free Visual Assessment Camp for visually impaired children began in Srinagar on Saturday.
The camp for children—in the age group of 6 to 18 years—of Srinagar city was being organized by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in collaboration with Chief Education Office, Srinagar,a government spokesperson said.
“On the inaugural day, around 100 children were screened by the team of eye specialists at Boys Middle School, Shalteng. The eye specialists informed that among the screened children, 60 percent need to use spectacles which will be given to them free of cost,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The camp would be held at five different locations—BoysMiddle School, Hazratbal, on October 9, Girls High School, Narwara on October 10, Girls Higher Secondary School, Rainawari, on October 11 and Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School on October 12.
“Around 20 percent of screened children were referred for surgical corrections and for further referrals these children will be treated at District Resource Centers,” the spokesperson said.“The assistance of Rs 10,000 will be provided by SSA in case of surgeries.”
Project Director, SSA, Abdul Rashid War, said the assessment camp would also cover out-of-school visually impaired children with special needs in the age group of 6 to 18 years. “We are organizing such type of camps for other disabilities too to help the students by providing appliances free of cost,” he said.