Health News of Tuesday, 20 September 2016
In lieu with its vision to move quality eye care beyond the continents, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital was first Indian Eye Hospital to launch its first state-of-the-art eye hospital in Accra (Ghana).
Minister of Health, Alexander Segbefia inaugurated the hospital in presence of Prof. Dr. Amar Agarwal and other invited guests.
Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital in Ghana spread across 14,000 Square feet, is a secondary eye care hospital equipped with state of the art facilities and latest technology aimed to provide complete eye care to a patient from general eye check up to complicated vitreo-retinal problems in a friendly environment.
The hospital aims to improve the accessibility and affordability of all individuals for quality eye care along with Vitreo-retinal and Hi-tech Cataract treatment.
The advance and modern Ophthalmology practice in the hospital can be felt with the presence of hi tech investigational and diagnostic equipment meant for imaging and scanning purpose.
The equipment like AB Scan, Auto Perimeter, fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) not only supports the Ophthalmologists with precise diagnosis and status of eye ailment but also helps in decision of appropriate treatment.
Some of the equipment like Autoperimeter is capable of analysing the progression of disease and vision damage if not treated on time.
Prof. Dr. Amar Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director of the Dr. Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals said ‘’our aim is to provide the world class eye care services to Ghana in their neighbourhood. The advanced diagnostics and eye care treatment with optical facility ensures comprehensive eye care under one roof and saves time, money and stress of travelling to other countries for retinal treatment, hi-tech cataract surgeries, glaucoma management and Paediatric eye care.”
Inaugurating the new hospital minister of Health Alexander Segbefia, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate the first centre of Dr.Agarwal’s Eye Hospital in Accra (Ghana). With their expertise and international care, I am confident the new centre will provide world-class ophthalmic solutions to our people.
We are looking for many Indian Hospitals to come over with their manpower investment, technology and their hospital running experience to establish their setup and give treatment to our people“.
Dr. Asiwome Kwesi Seneadza, medical head, speaking on the occasion said that the preventable blindness poses a bigger threat to visual impairment incidence in the country and said “The advanced investigative methods and treatment modalities followed in the hospital are world class. These eye care services will not only help in saving the vision but also preventing further deterioration of vision in complicated cases. And help us in our fight against the preventable blindness.”
About Dr.Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
Dr.Agarwal’s Eye Hospital a comprehensive eye hospital offering a one-stop solution for eye ailments; was started in the year 1957. Now the hospital is in its 57th year of offering quality services in eye care. It has 15 branches in Chennai and a visible footprint in the states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Andaman and Rajasthan.
A tertiary eye care centre at Mauritius marks its first step towards establishing an international presence extended upto 16 branches covering the Indian Ocean region, African countries and East Asia.
The hospital has received various awards for its inventions and services. In March 2006, Late Dr. J Agarwal, Founder-Chairman was awarded Padma Bhushan by the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for his dedicated services to the poor and downtrodden.
The hospital received visibility in the global arena for its inventions - Micro-Phakonit (Cataract surgery with 0.7 mm size incision) in 1999 and ‘Glued Intraocular Lens Implant’ performed on a 4 year old girl in January 2008 by Prof. Amar Agarwal. In February 2009, the world's first Anterior Segment Eye Transplant Surgery was performed on a 4 month old child to treat corneal disorder.
In November 2013, for the first time in the World, Dr.Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Chennai transplanted a one year old donor cornea giving a new lease of sight to a 60 year old man through the new technique PDEK (Pre Descemet’s Endothelial Keratoplasty).