Former cricketer VVS Laxman launched a tollfree helpline number (1800 121 2096) on Tuesday, which is aimed at providing counseling for people with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy across the state. The pilot project will take off in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh initially and will then be launched in other parts of the country. The programme will tackle three specific diseases and health issues linked to avoidable blindness – blinding trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity.

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