Michael Owusu Duodu, GNA
Hiawu- Besease (Ash), Oct. 24, GNA – The Ghana
Optometrists Association (GOA) has organised free eye screening exercise for
over 2,000 people at Hiawu-Besease in the Atwima-Nwabeagya South Municipality
of the Ashanti Region.
The beneficiaries of the exercise also
received free medication and glasses.
Dr Alfred Gardemor, the Public Relations
Officer of GOA, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the programme
forms part of activities geared towards the Association’s 6th Annual General
Meeting (AGM) in Kumasi.
He said: “The AGM rotates across the regions
of Ghana and we identify a community in a host region and offer free eye care
services, which is also part of our social responsibility.”
Dr Gardemor said the theme for this year’s
meeting is; “Eye care everywhere – The Role of the Optometrist”, and that they
have the capacity to help prevent and reduce blindness in the Ghanaian
He urged the public to practice safe eye care
by consulting professionals to attend to their eye problems, stressing that the
eye is the only organ of the human frame that cannot be replaced, saying;
“let’s protect our eyes and general health status, because a healthy people
make a wealthy nation.”
Mr Prince Asare, Officer In-charge of the
Hiawu-Besease CHPS Compound, said the programme has boosted public confidence
in the health facility and commended the initiative of GOA, describing it as
timely and appropriate.
He called on people living in and around
Hiawu-Besease to patronize the CHPS Compound for effective healthcare delivery.
Mr Godwin Agyei Acheampong, the Unit Committee
Chairman of the area, lauded the leadership of GOA for their voluntarism and
support to community development.
He advised the beneficiaries of the eye
screening to follow all instructions and directions given them by the doctors
in order to maintain good health.