An intensive public health campaign has stated in Oman to stamp out the eye-disease, tracoma.?
GV Muttrah Highway
SV PAN Waiting room in eye clinic PAN TO surgery door
SV Specialist examining small girl's eye
SV Man afflicted with tracoma in clinic
SV Patients sitting in waiting room
CU ZOOM OUT TO patient's eyes being tested with new equipment (3 shots)
GV Landrover belching insecticide smoke (2 shots)
GV & CU People at rubbish tip (2 shots)
SV Little boy and girl with flies round faces (2 shots)
GV Man spraying tip with hose
SV Men with manual sprayers cleansing ground (2 shots)
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Background: An intensive public health campaign has stated in Oman to stamp out the eye-disease, tracoma. Tracoma, which often leads to total blindness, is estimated to afflict about half of the 600,000 population.
For many years the disease raged unchecked in Oman, but with the accession of Sultan Qaboos in 1970, and the initiation of an organised public health service, attempts have been made to control it. Patients have been coming to the Ruwi Hospital in Muttrah for treatment. It takes from one to six months according to the stage the disease has reached. The Public Health Department states that the number of patients in now gradually lessening.
Steps have also been taken to prevent the disease breaking out. It is transmitted by files. Two months ago public health employees started widespread use of insecticide sprays and powders. Omanis who had previously allowed files to crawl over their faces are gradually being educated to keep them off.