India has more than 12 million blind persons

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New Delhi, 07.04.17: As per the National Survey 2006-07 conducted under the National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there were around 12 million blind persons (Visual Acuity<6/60) including blindness due to Cataract in the Country.    A statement showing estimated number of blind persons in the country, State/UT-wise, due to various eye diseases including Cataract is given below:

Estimated Blind Persons in India-2006-07
S.No. State/UTs Prevalence of Blindness (Survey 2001-02) Estimated Blind Persons (Visual Acuity <6/60) Estimated blind persons due to cataract (62.6% of total blindness)
1 ANDAMAN & NICOBAR 1.10 3919 2453
2 ANDHRA PRADESH 1.42 1075331 673157
3 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 2.28 24877 15573
4 ASSAM 3.05 812471 508607
5 BIHAR 0.78 646455 404681
6 CHANDIGARH 1.01 9099 5696
7 CHHATISGARH 1.61 334815 209594
8 DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI 1.07 2359 1477
9 DAMAN & DIU 1.07 1691 1059
10 DELHI 1.13 155748 97498
11 GOA 1.52 20429 12788
12 GUJARAT 1.07 541388 338909
13 HARYANA 1.89 398468 249441
14 HIMACHAL PRADESH 0.70 42541 26631
15 JAMMU & KASHMIR 1.61 162126 101491
16 JHARKHAND 1.41 379423 237519
17 KARNATAKA 1.78 938664 587604
18 KERALA 0.56 178296 111613
19 LAKSHADWEEP 1.10 667 417
20 MADHYA PRADESH 1.16 700467 438493
21 MAHARASHTRA 0.95 919146 575386
22 MANIPUR 1.38 32963 20635
23 MEGHALAYA 0.74 17065 10683
24 MIZORAM 0.78 6950 4351
25 NAGALAND 1.05 20881 13071
26 ODISHA 1.40 513897 321699
27 PONDICHERRY 0.78 7596 4755
28 PUNJAB 1.01 245322 153572
29 RAJASTHAN 1.55 875333 547959
30 SIKKIM 0.65 3513 2199
31 TAMIL NADU 0.78 484465 303275
32 TRIPURA 0.77 24572
33 UTTAR PRADESH 0.94 1560897 977121
34 UTTARAKHAND 0.56 47486 29726
35 WEST BENGAL 1.19 954632 597600
TOTAL 1.10 12143952 7586732
The number of cataract cases would be many times higher as this is the estimate of cataract cases in blind persons.

In the pattern of assistance approved by the Empowered Programme Committee (EPC) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a target of 330 lakh cataract surgeries with an annual target 66 lakh cataract surgeries was fixed under NPCB during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017).  A statement showing annual targets for cataract surgeries, State/UT-wise, in the year 2016-17 is given below:

Target for Cataract surgery-2016-17
States/UTs Cataract Operations
Major States Target
Andhra Pradesh 327688
Bihar 421309
Chattisgarh 168565
Goa 9621
Gujarat 399632
Haryana 167330
Himachal Pradesh 27769
Jammu & Kashmir 82331
Jharkhand 217577
Karnataka 404563
Kerala 136120
Madhya Pradesh 480244
Maharashtra

 

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