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Health News of Friday, 8 June 2018

Source: William Idan Aggrey

Funko residents undergo free eye screening

A resident being screened at Funko in the Western Region

Residents of Funko, a town in the Western Region of Ghana have benefited from a free eye screening and sensitization programme dubbed, “THFGlauCare Campaign”.

The exercise, organized by THF Ghana Foundation in collaboration with Uretope Optical and Vision Center in Takoradi, formed part of events to climax the foundation’s half-year long Glaucoma sensitization Campaign.

The free eye screening saw a quite a large number of indigenes as well as those from neighbouring towns present, with majority of the people also benefiting from the ‘house to house Glaucoma sensitization’ exercise.

According to the Executive Secretary of the foundation, Isaac Asah Adjei, there are thousands of Ghanaians who suffer from various eye conditions, but are unable to afford the cost of medical care to correct the defects.

This he said is a reason the THFGlauCare campaign was launched to sensitize and help those in need to take care of their eyes.

To ensure full realisation of the goal of the foundation, Mr. Asah further called on both government and the private sector to help reduce the growing number of Glaucoma patients.

Partner of the campaign, Dr. Boateng of Uretope Optical and Vision Centre also urged the residents to be conscious of what they eat and cultivate the habit of visiting the hospital regularly for a frequent comprehensive eye screening.

Chief of the community, Nana Kow Nkani IV expressed his gratitude to the THF Ghana Foundation and the medical team for the exercise and appealed for frequent organization of such programmes in the community.

THF Ghana Foundation is an NGO that seeks to create awareness and provide basic health care needs, particularly to deprived communities with women and children as their primary target.