India’s government has ordered an industrial manufacturing plant to be built in Mumbai to manufacture contact lenses for the treatment of skin disorders, and the country is set to see its first dermatologists-to-‘patients’ contact lens manufacturing factory soon.
The factory will be run by the State of Maharashtra, and will be the first of its kind in the country.
The project is being organised by a private consortium, and it has already secured a financing round of around Rs 4 crore.
India has a population of about 12.5 crore, of which around 7 crore are children.
The country has around 3,000 dermatologists, of whom about one lakh are dermatologists.
The rest are nurses, psychiatrists, opticians, occupational therapists and pharmacists.
India also has the world’s largest population of melanoma patients.
India has a melanoma rate of about 13 per 100,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation.
In India, skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and psoropharyngitis are common.
In India, melanoma is also one of the most common causes of death among people aged over 65.
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has ordered the construction of a manufacturing facility in Mumbai’s Gulbarga area.
It will be called the ‘Skin Care Production Factory’, and will produce 5 lakh contact lenses annually.
The company will be part of the Ministry of Industry and Science (MoIS) that is set up to create jobs for Indian manufacturing and research in the fields of technology, finance, and manufacturing.