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Year : 1958  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 60

Notes on campaign against trachoma in Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Date of Web Publication8-May-2008

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L Rostkowski
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Rostkowski L. Notes on campaign against trachoma in Poland. Indian J Ophthalmol 1958;6:60

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Rostkowski L. Notes on campaign against trachoma in Poland. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1958 [cited 2021 Mar 4];6:60. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1958/6/3/60/40726

1. The whole campaign is led by ophthalmologists well-trained in tra­choma.

2. Children are prevented from close and prolonged contact with a person suffering from trachoma. Since adult trachoma is mostly a continuation of trachoma from childhood, these precau­tions taken in early childhood will pre­vent adult trachoma.

3. The clinical diagnosis forms the basis of identification of the cases, which is considerably helped by Rostkowski's double lid-retractor which serves to distinguish trachoma from folliculosis of the conjunctiva and folli­cular conjunctivitis.

4. Due to the prolonged treatment of trachoma, along with the prophylactic measures treatment is carried out in ambulatories. The ambulances are placed in trachoma infected places, and are conducted by non-specialists or by a medical assistant staff, supervised by a visiting doctor.

5. Treatment is free and instructions in sanitation and method of treatment are freely given.

6. There is continuous training of technicians and nurses to supply neces­sary staff.

Statistics are based on :-

(a)Filing of newly discovered cases by the district physicians.

(b)Registration of children suffering from trachoma.

(c) Percentage of people suffering from trachoma among other eye diseases. With the above sound considerations on which the campaign against tra­choma is based, there has resulted in a three times decrease of trachoma in Poland than before the measures weie taken.

The campaign can be adapted to the living standard of each country and necessary judicial bills will have to be passed to enforce the measures to make any such campaign a success.


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