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Health News of Friday, 23 October 2015

Source: GNA

Oguaa Anglican Diocese/NGO equip Eye Centre

The Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast aided by ‘Help Is On The Way', a US-based Non-Governmental Organization, has equipped the Bishop Ackon Memorial Christian Eye Centre in Cape Coast, with three state-of-the-art ophtalmic machines.

The equipment, comprise an operating microscope, a slit lamp and a laser beam machine, which is the only of its kind in any eye center in both the Central and Western Regions.

The laser beam machine is used to remove opacities often found at the back of the eye after cataract surgery.

The donation formed part of this year's Saint Luke' day celebration, marked after offering a mass in honour of Saint Luke on his feast day.

Right Reverend Victor Reginald Atta Baffoe, Bishop of the Diocese, told the media that the donation was in accordance with the church's commitment to the physical well-being of the public.

He said the church realized the need of the centre and therefore donated the machines to enhance the work of the centre in the provision of better eye care services to the general public.

He disclosed that the Anglican Church would be establishing clinics and mobile clinics in rural areas to provide health services to the needy.

Receiving the machines on behalf of the Centre, the Administrator, Canon Joseph William Kofi de-Graft Johnson, was grateful for the donation, saying it would go a long way to improve the services provided by the centre, especially in specialized eye care services.

He said the laser beam machine placed the centre at a position where many more people could access specialized eye care services.

Canon de-Graft Johnson said since its establishment in 1987, the centre had seen huge increment in OPD attendance and successes in all its eye surgeries.

He disclosed that the centre would soon establish a branch in Sunyani, as a means of extending its services, and in the coming years, include other healthcare delivery, since some eye infections were caused by other medical challenges.