Thursday, March 26, 2015
OD's Enter Second Day of Hunger Strike
"The indefinite hunger strike by members of the Indian Optometry Federation (IOF) being held at Jantar Mantar entered its second day on Tuesday. The group is protesting against what they claim to be “unlawful change of duties of optometrists by the Central Health Ministry.” The group has also written to the Prime Minister demanding immediate relief," reports The Hindu, a leading Indian newspaper. "R.S. Berwal, secretary, IOF, said: 'Blindness in India can only be controlled if optometry is considered part of the primary health care. We should be allowed to diagnose and treat patients for common eye ailments and refer patients who need specialised care and surgical intervention.'" Read more.