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Delhi to get country’s first institute for differently abled people

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi will soon have a national institute which will aim at constructing universal designs that will make the lives of differently abled people better.

The National Institute for Inclusive and Universal Design (NIIUD) will concentrate on designing products, buildings, and softwares for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

The officials in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment informed that Delhi was selected for convenience as it is the seat of several government institutions.

The sources revealed that the proposal for choosing Delhi to establish the institute would be sent for Cabinet approval. The institute would discover and design products to suit the necessities of the PwDs.

“For instance, a TV remote can be used by a normal human being (without any difficulty). But, how to make the device convenient for the usage of a visually-impaired person? The institution would explore such modalities,” said an official.

The institute would also look in the issues concerning the senior citizens, whose population is on the rise.

NIIUD would target on the promotion of inclusive development in rural and urban pockets for PwDs. The institute would educate environmental design professionals regarding universal design.

The announcement for setting up the NIIUD was made in union Budget of 2014-15. The 2011 census had revealed that PwDs represent 2.2% of India’s population.

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Alarming Pollution Levels Causing Eye Problems in Delhi

"See an eye doctor as soon as possible and avoid prolonged exposure of eyes to pollution," the experts added

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Delhi air quality continues to be 'very poor'. VOA

With pollution levels reaching alarming levels in the national capital, ophthalmologists have observed a sharp rise in the number of patients suffering from eye problems including allergy, burning and itching.

According to Ikeda Lal, an opthalmologist at the Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, pollutants and dust in the air is one of the major reasons for causing eye allergy and other related problems.

“We are observing an increase in number of patients coming to us with complains of redness, itching, watering in the eyes. Patients with pre-existing dry eyes are experiencing exacerbation due to high pollution,” Lal said.

He added that opthalmologists were observing almost increase of 30-35 per cent in the number of patients coming with eye-related problems.

“Due to increasing pollution, there is increase in the incidence of dry eye and ocular allergy. This is causing discomfort even in normal eyes and aggravates the eye complaints in eyes that are prone to dryness and allergies,” said Rajesh Sinha, Professor of Ophthalmology, AIIMS.

“If care is not taken immediately, some of these eyes can have reduced vision due to this problem as well,” he added.

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People in India are also at a risk of developing cardiovascular diseases due to the air pollution. Pixabay

Lal also said that people with complains of itching in the eyes are likely to suffer from allergic eye disease.

Patients with pre-existing dry eyes may experience excessive dryness, irritation and burning due to ocular surface inflammation.

In case of any eye related problems, consulting an ophthalmologist is recommended and exposure to polluted air should be minimized, the doctor said.

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To deal with eye related allergies caused due to pollution, Doctors suggests that do not rub eyes if they itch, wash eyes with clean water; repeat if it still feels uncomfortable, cold compresses also help in relieving mild itching.

“See an eye doctor as soon as possible and avoid prolonged exposure of eyes to pollution,” the experts added. (IANS)