VOSH Ghana partners Rotary clubs to offer free eye screening

By GNA
Reporter

Accra, Sept. 22, GNA – VOSH-GHANA in
conjunction with Rotary Club of Accra West and Rotary Club of Apam, have
organised a free eye screening and education for the people of Gomoa Eshiem in
the Central Region.

The exercise started at 0800 hours with an
education on eye health and some symptoms of common eye problems that require
medical attention.

A statement signed by Madam Yvonne Asiedu, the
President of Rotary Club of Accra West, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in
Accra on Thursday said a total of 267 people comprising 44 children and 223
adults were screened.

It said out of the number, 57 of the community
members were given eye glasses with 185 receiving medical attention.

“One hundred and forty-eight of them we
referred to the nearest health facility for further management and the
commonest reason for referral was cataract removal, about three quarters of the
adult had a form of cataract,” it said.

According to the statement, the commonest eye
conditions seen in the children were allergic conjunctivitis and among the
elderly was cataract.

It said: “Dry eyes and refractive error was
the second highest in the adults and Children.”

It noted that the major challenge the three
groups encountered was that most of the people referred were hesitant to go to
the referral centre due to financial challenges.

“Majority of the adults are farmers and it is
not uncommon to have some of them presenting with blindness as a result of
corneal opacity.

“This condition is usually as result of
corneal ulcer contracted while working on the farm that are not properly
treated, which ends up in complications that cause blindness,” the statement
said.

It noted that six doctors and 24 Optometry
students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology gave
medical attention to the adults and children who were screened.

The statement quoted Madam Aseidu as saying: “The
opportunity exist for Rotary or Rotarians to sustain this humanitarian gesture
by advocating an eye–care professional or sponsor to train a community nurse at
the local health centre who can provide emergency first aid and refer
appropriately so as to help prevent avoidable blindness.

“The programme was successful and a lot of
lives were touched positively to fulfill the humanitarian goals of Rotary Club
and VOSH International,” it said.

Gomoa Eshiem is a small community settlement
with a population of about two thousand. The town is about 28 miles from the
District Capital.

The main economic activity of the people is
mainly farming.

VOSH Ghana is an international
non-governmental organisation that is involved in eye care.

GNA

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