A total of about 13,500 people in the Central Region are said to be living with various eye diseases.
Five thousand (5,000) of them are suffering from cataract, with 2,500 others, having glaucoma, while 6,000, are enduring the unpleasantness of refractive errors. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the figures are quite troubling.
Dr. Akosua Sarpong, the Central Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said there was the urgent need to prioritize eye care in the country to help check the disturbing rise in vision problems.
She underlined the need to do more – up efforts towards helping to identify potential eye diseases early so that there could be effective treatment by the health professionals to prevent either partial or total loss of vision.
Dr Akosua Sarpong was speaking at the celebration of this year’s World Sight Day, held in Cape Coast. “Love your eyes” was the theme chosen for this year’s celebration.
The day is marked every year to highlight the need to focus more attention on preventing blindness. In Ghana, cataract has been identified as the leading cause of blindness.
It accounts for about 54.8 percent of the West African country’s blind population of about 207,000.
The main symptom is blurry vision – clouding of the eye, and the condition, according to doctors, can be corrected.
Cataract mostly develop in people when they are ageing or injury changes of the tissue that makes up the eye lens.
The common theme that run through the speeches of the various speakers at the event was the importance of taking steps to detect eye diseases early for effective treatment.
Mr. George Frimpong, President of the Federation Union of Disability, called for the government to make funds available for screening of children to identify those with eye disorders to allow for proper management and treatment.
Additionally, it was pertinent to create awareness of eye diseases and this everybody must be part of.
It should not be left to the government and the health workers alone.
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