Annually, by decision of the World Health Organization, November 13 is the International Day of the Blind, which main goal is to draw the attention of the general public to those who have permanently lost their eyesight and found themselves in difficult life situations. In Ukraine, many blind and partially sighted persons work at the enterprises of the Ukrainian Society of the Blind. The task of the state is to support such people as much as possible, said former MP Tetiana Bakhteieva. It was on her initiative that the Law of Ukraine “On Medicines” was amended at the time, according to which, from January 1, 2010, medicines must be labeled in Braille.
In the politician’s words, according to the World Health Organization, the number of blind people in the world is about 40 million people, and that doesn’t even include partially sighted persons, who also have their special needs in everyday life. In Ukraine, blind people according to unofficial statistics (there is still no single official one) are from 50 to 70 thousand.
“In Ukraine, many blind and visually impaired people work at the enterprises of the Ukrainian Society of the Blind. These are talented and hardworking people who, despite their disability, want to work. The main problem of these enterprises in Ukraine is the lack of a state order for their products and the extremely low salaries of people,” the former MP noted.
She emphasized that the most important factor for treating the consequences of vision diseases was their early detection.
“Take care of your eyesight, regularly visit an optometrist. I wish all people with vision problems health and peace,” Tetiana Bakhteieva emphasized.