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02.02.2006 Health

Free medical care for cataract patients


Wenchi (B/A), Feb. 2, GNA- The Swiss Red Cross Society in collaboration with the Ghana Red Cross Society and the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, offered free medical care to about 89 patients, from Wenchi and Tain Districts.

The beneficiaries who were suffering from cataract (eye defect) underwent surgical operation at the Wenchi Methodist Hospital. A technical team of 10 health officers led by Dr. Amo Kodie, medical officer at Dormaa Ahenkro Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Peter Asubonteng, medical officer at Sunyani Government Hospital, performed the operation.

Mr. Wahab Yaruba-Abdul, Red Cross Society Coordinator in charge of the two districts, on Wednesday, made these known to the GNA at Wenchi. He said members of Society carried out educational campaigns in the communities about the voluntary cataract surgery so that people with the defect could be organised to receive cure to enhance their health. Mr. Wahab Yaruba-Abdul also said some people in the districts, living alongside rivers, identified as oncho zones, were suffering from onchociacarsis.

He said the European Union (EU) had constructed a borehole and 60 household toilets for the people of Asuano near Wenchi to promote sanitation and health.

Mr. Berbard Clement Kwasi Botwe, Administrator of the Wenchi Methodist Hospital and also Chairman of the Red Cross Society in Wenchi, said volunteers had been deployed to visit the communities to identify people with cataract so that the hospital could treat them. He said the Society was planning to provide transportation fares to patients with the disease as reports had reached the group that some of them could not report for the free surgery because they could not afford to pay transport fares.

Mr Botwe expressed gratitude to the technical team who conducted the surgery.

He also thanked Mr. Alphonse Walan-Iba Kuusu, a member of the Wenchi/Tain District Red Cross Society and an Ophthalmic Nurse at the Wenchi Methodist Hospital, for leading the educational campaigns to help deal with cataract cases in the communities.