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Workshop on Retinopathy of Prematurity

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is one of the emerging causes of childhood blindness in Pakistan. ROP results from premature and low birth weight babies. It is becoming a cause of concern as more and more premature babies are surviving due to better perinatal care in Pakistan. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi is pioneer in introducing screening of premature babies for ROP. Spearheaded by our Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology, the training for general ophthalmologists for ROP screening is a regular feature at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi. Recently a workshop was held and ophthalmologists from KpK participated in this workshop. Prof. Sorath Noorani, head of the Department informed that as a result of this training, screening for ROP has now started in different districts of KpK. She also informed that Al-Shifa Trust is founder member of a national Alliance on ROP that is tasked with creating awareness for ROP at public, parental, professional and policy maker level.