Trans Nzoia administration has rolled out eye screening program in all primary schools in the County.

So far 16,000 pupils have been screened with 600 found to have eye defects.

The programme coordinator Dr Hillary Rono disclosed that the pupils, who were found with eye defects, were referred to Kitale District hospital for free special treatment adding that a number of them have already been treated and given spectacles.

He said that the program is geared towards early intervention for children with special needs.

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba urged parents to release their children for screening saying eye flaws have grounded education of many children saying his administration will continue devoting more funds in health sector to ensure that residents access quality health services.

He said the county health officers are targeting over 300,000 pupils in the next three years in order to curb preventable blindness.

The exercise was today conducted at Sibanga primary school in Cherangany sub county.