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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, May 25, Prcrcntioii major unhji'd under c.onsidaration 15 million of world's people blind VIIJH; 1'L-Uvc'cn Males: in ards of and Thn iimiilKT of "'hilc in Nciv Mexit-o it i uput i UULL.-! LIIUI, 111 tu mi-tries u'Jicrc virtually whole pop- j totally blind people in the world aro afflicted with tra- h p-limnlcd al between 13 of blindness also and similar infections to IT) million and about bnlv.'een conlincnls. more than one per cent of number aro visually han- Africa, '11 per ccnl of the are. totally blind, more causing sorial or eco- 1 number of cases are four per cent are "eco- disability. At the same i lo infections while less blind" (i.e. unable to in the light of per cent are any useful work for one hall to in Europe, only five sight is more of the cases of arc attributed to 10 per cent have serious have been prevented i and per cent lo of vision, and a had been detected ones. Trachoma is higher percentage have in frequent infectious visual defects. is slated in a report on of blindness in developing STATE Prevention of particularly in South is a tragic stage of af- is one of (he major and Canada and, to a it says, ''even for com- under consideration al extent, in N7orway, engaged chiefly in World Health the1 United Kingdom. fishing or other activi- t, in session in Geneva. Ihe report adds, account lies for which a high the laiest statistical almost JO per cent of Iho 1 of vision is not essential. 1, l from 5B countries, the total cases of blindness and with high trachoma emphasises the frequent cause almost however, are looking r in the incidence of where, with (he exception industrial development as a in different, parts of most of tbe African to their economic prob- world. j Trachoma and associated but difficulties have al- North American and Eur- fections arc the major cause of nnn lilinrinocc i-ilnc nvp imnnr. lilmrtmicc ,tmi nvn rlicnncn been experienced in find-in f wnrknrs willi miffinionllv cd Stales, Impnircd vision is blindness, particularly in chil- nlly around or below 200 per'genera I in most developing i good vision lo enable lliem lo lOP.OOO popuIaUoii, while in less j countries. It is eslimolcd thai operate machinery." developed countries, and especi- i there are from 400 million to 500 Tlie report says that not only ally in Africa and Asia, this million cases o( trachoma in the I qiianliLy but quality of indus- rate is considerably higher world, and of these 125 million trial production is affected, and and reaches levels above are in India. The disease is i there is a greater danger of ac- bL to affect 1 to 3 per cent fjf population while, as the report .slates, "good binoc- ular vision is essential for many types of work and for daily activities, including the operation of means of transpor- tation." "River blindness'1 COnchoccr- ciasis) is still prevalent in many parls of West, and Equatorial Africa. Its carrier, Ihe black- fly, biting humans, depos- its an infectious agent which migrates through the skin and when it reaches the eye causes defective eyesight or blindness, In infected areas, 30 per cent of the population have impaired vision .ind four to W per cent arc blind. In some villages of Upper Volta and in Ghana, the percentage of blindness readies 13 to 35 per cent, while villages free from the disease but lying in the same area, show blind- ness rales of u.5 to one, per cent, In the endemic areas of The lowest rale ia Euiope is to be found in Belgium and the Netherlands, where it is below still endemic in most of North cidcnls. Wastage is enormous, Africa and the Middle East. it says. In 1951, it was esli- and in parls of Asia, West and j mated I hat in one North Afri- of SUN, SAND thfi j-and dun Qnlario. AND es of SOLITUDE Karl Woodland Beach Boc'csnick exercises his German shepherd, Trade, on Noltowasaga Bay in the Georgian Bay area (id. v.'hile, al (lie olhcr extreme. East Africa. ,iiid Lalin can country alone. 20 million it rises lo 3.00H in Saudi Arabia. Bolh its incidence and the de-' u-ork days were lost each year and 4.000 in the Yemen. In the gree of severity of Ihe disease i ns a result of trachoma and as- United States the average rate i is 214, but there is considerable arc clearly related to social and j soeiated infections. economic factors and to stand- Even in Europe and the Unit- SIMPSONS- Hoisting this 12' aluminum boa I onto your car top is no problem but we dare you lo try to lop the hefty S20.98 savings! Save work as well 05 money. Because ihis cartoppsr Is aluminum, you won't have lo paint it, or patch il, or scraps it. And because its so lightweight and compact, you can store it almost anywhere. Although If weighs barely 115 Ibs. it holds up to 635 !bs. D.Q.7. rated to take a h.p. outboard Reg. 14 Foot Lapstrake Cartoppcr Holds up lo 875 Ibs. yet weighs only 134 Ibs, Rated lo take a 20 h.p. oui board motor. Aluminum hull, green painted interior. Reg. 5.5-H.P. Deluxe Outboard Reg. Has Forward and neulral qtari plus 360 degree pivot for rcvnrse. Air cooled motor, water cooled leq. Weighs only -iO-lb. 2-ycar monu- fnc'urer 3 warranty. 4.5 H.P. Outboard Reg. Compact enough lo Into most car Trunks. Wcighi only 33 Ibs Air cookd motor, walcr cooled leg, year manufacturer's warronly 3-H.P. Outboard 15498 16 Foot Fibreglass Canoe Reg. yel Mrorq. Built-in flotation mrnns mnximum solely. Full .inln rnly 23 llv.. Hi intcnsily Icnqlh heel, 2 wooden sonls, aluminum nunwalns. rk fr.r easier '.lorhnq QUALITY MOKF, AT SIMPSONS-SEARS STORE HOURS: Opun Daily t a.m. lo p.m., Thundny and and Friday 9 a m to 9 p.m. Cnnlro Villogo. Inlcpnonn 326-9231 brcn, is vitamin A deficiency It is closely related nol only to malnutrition hut also with infectious diseases of childhood, especially meas- les and diarrhoea. A study conducted In East Java, Indonesia, showed that in undersized blind children the cause was vitamin A deficiency in 75 per conl of (he boys and G2 per cent of the girls. But Ilia disease is also widespread, par- ticularly in regions where rica diets predominate, in other parts of .South and East Asia, Africa (in desert or bordering desert areas) and Latin America. If detected early, It can easily ho cured, although WHO recom- mends (hat the best solution is to improve the child's diet as a whole rather than to provide additional Vitamin A. After a worldwide survey by a group of WHO consultants, the report says, preventive meas- ures, such as Vitamin A fortifi- cation of dry skim milk dislri- bulcd by international and vol- out of every three blind people j untary "organisations, are "ur- cxammed suffered from Oncho- i gently needed Blindness is also associated .Nigeria. Ihe average proportion of blind people is 10 per cent, while at Bamako in Mali, two Many blackfly invested river valleys have been depopulated because of the risk of blind- ness, and (he loss of such fer- tile areas for agricultural pur- poses, the report says, "can be considered one of tbe most ser- ious economic effects of the in- fection, especially as it occurs in countries which depend al- most exclusively on agricultur- al output." CONTHOL SCHEMES The disease can be controlled by attacking the blacbfly at the larval stage in fast-running streams with insecticides, often by aerial spraying. The insect has been completely eradicated in Kenya and successful control I schemes have been carried out in this way on the Victorian i Nile in Western Uganda. The j ultimate objective of WHO-as- i sisted eradication projects is to extend them over thn whole with vascular diseases and di- abetes, as well as smallpox, lep- rosy and rubella. Then there are genetic forms of blindness, and WHO has recently started a pilot project to assess the fre- quency ol blindness of genetic origin among the Swiss popula- tion. The report says that In most cases of non-infectious origin loss of vision ig irreversible at Ihe present state of knowledge. One condition in which vision may be restored by a relatively simple intervention is cataract, which most frequently affects old people. It concludes that preventabls and curable ccuscs of blindness should remain the main target of public health activities. It adds that Information on bb'nd- ness should be centralised at Ihe national level and, because statistics are still very imper- to extend them over thn whole feet and incomplete, a'Register savannah region from Senegal of the Blind and Visually Im- to the Sudan and Ethiopia. paired should be established in Another prevalent cause of every country. District doings Birth control including common assault, Im- paired driving and public dis- PIXCHEfl CREEK (Special) I turbance. Anderson and Miss Five persons were fined for Sandy Easterbrook of the Cal- bary Birth Control Association were in attendance at the eve- ning on family planning pro- gram. It was sponsored by tbe Pin- cher Creek Inter professional Co-ordinating Committee. Birth control allows couples lo plan and space children in regards to the mother's health and family financial burdens. In young married couples 11 lets them become emotionally stronger. It doesn't teach the young to be promiscuous but ra'ther ex- plains facts to them in a intoxication under Ihe Uquior Conlrol Act. and an additional six were sobered up in tho cells More release. Poh'ce investigated five motor vehicle accidents Involving damages of S200 or more, and 14 minor accidents. Total dam- age reported was 11 vacancies TABER (HNS) Recent res- ignations from the teaching staff of Taber School Division No. C have produced 11 vacan- cies to be filled before the start of. school next Aug. 28. Resignations received are straight-forward manner. Mrs. j from Frank Semaka in early _ _ J I Anderson said. Birth control should be con- sidered as preventive medicine. Holidays TABEH (HNS) Taber pub- lic and separate school boards have approved a revised sched- retirement as vice-principal ot W. R. Myers High School. Taber; Miss Kathy Buchanan of VauxhaU High School, and Mrs. Yvonne Moore of the Hays School. The trustees also gran ted leaves of absence for Allan An- dras and Airs. Ethel Eichhorn ule of school days and holidays, j of the Chamberlain School, School will start Tuesday, Grassy Lake. A'-'S- 28. To-dalc. resignations and Fall holidays for students v, ill i leaves account for 131? vacan- be Labor Day, Sept. 4; Thanks- I cies, of winch 2U will not be giving Day. Oct. 9; and one day filled in a cut-back of staff, in November (parent-teacher School will close for the Christmas holiday period Fri- day. Dec. 22 and reopen Wed- nesday, Jan. 3. Grade 12 examinations will be held Jan. 22 lo 20. The teachers' convention will be held Feb. ?2 and 23. Ka-stcr holidays will include Good Friday, April 20 and ex- tent through Tuesday, April 24. Victoria Day will be observed as a holiday Monday, Slay 21, and the spring semester Grade 13 examine I ions will lake place June 7 lo 15. End of year reports will be completed by the teaching staff June One extra day is al- lotted for slalf planning to satis- fy tho needs of l.he individual school. 49 convictions TABER CIINS) The com- ing of warmer summer weath- er was accompanied by an in- Barbecue nears for Grizzly Boy Scouts PINCHER CREEK (Special) Thn Grizzly District of the Boy Scouts of Canada is mak- ing plans for its annual barbe- cue to be held June 17 at Ihe Castle River camp ground at S p.m. With daylight saving time ID effect for the first time this year it will give families an opportunity to enjoy an evening out by the river. This year It is planned to present awards to some of the. adults who have given dedicat- ed service to tile Boy Scout program. A large bonfire Is planned nnd other acilivites will also bo arranged for (he family eve- ning. crease in convictions in Taber Ur. J. Bauni will be in charge magistrate's court under tho of lho program planning, C. Iliplnv.iy Traffic Arl. C. Gromulwatrr will be in April rrrordod -in conviclions. charge of Ihe barbecue, with Half of Iho offences were for speeding, whllo police re- port that n number of "slunt- clini-Rrs laid which has cut down on Urn lire squeal- ing cii.Momary each summer Harry I.ouey being Ihe head cook. Other members of the Grizzly di.strict. hnvo been appoinled various jobs. Tho comniitlce hopes that families will keep the evening Criminal Crxle convict i o n s open to join the and were down to lour during April, j Scouts at the barbecue. ;