Northern Regional Library organises free eye screening exercise in Tamale

By Rashid Mbugri/Rashida Abukari, GNA 

Tamale, Feb. 14, GNA – The Ghana Library
Authority (GhLA) in the Northern Region in collaboration with Friends Eye Care
on Friday organised free eye screening and health promotion exercise for the
public in Tamale.

The exercise, which coincided with this
year’s Valentine’s Day celebration, had as its theme: “Maintaining Good
Eye in Transforming Minds through Library Services”.

Mr Aaron Kuwornu, the Northern Regional
Director for GhLA, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the
Authority had declared 2020 as year of learning, with focus on transforming
citizens minds through Library Services.

He said the eyes screening exercise formed
part of the Authority’s role out strategies for the year.

He said the Northern Regional Library had
the necessary material and logistics to meet demands of patrons at all academic

Mr Kuwornu urged the public, especially the
youth to regularly patronize services of the library to help build a generation
of readers with positive mind set.

He said registration fees for accessing
services at the Library ranged from GH¢3.00 and GH¢5.00 for primary and Junior
High school levels for every term and GH¢10 for adults annually.

Dr Simon Fosu-Gyeabour, Resident Optometrist
of Friends Eyes Centre in Tamale, urged members of the public to regularly go
for eye screening for at least once in 
every six months to ensure that their sight were in good condition.

He said the eye was one of the most delicate
part of the human body, “however, people undermine regular checking of the
eye” and indicated that “not all eye conditions that comes with
instant pain for affected person to detect if there is a problem with his or
her eye”.

He said awareness creation on the need for
people to regularly go for eye screening was still low in the Northern Region
and urged the media to help intensify education to increase public awareness on