Sunyani, June 11, 2024

The Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Hospital in Sunyani is performing free surgery for expected total of 300 cataract-eye patients.

Dr. Louis Oteng-Gyimah, an opthalmologist, eye surgeon and the head of eye unit at the SDA Hospital, told News on Monday during a visit to the Hospital.

The patients from Sunyani, the entire Bono, Ahafo, Bono East Regions and Ghana at large would benefit from the five-days exercise, from Monday June 10 to Friday June 14.

Dr. Oteng-Gyimah said the exercise organized by the Hospital in collaboration with the National Cataract Outreach program with support from the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP).

He explained a team of about 45 specialists made up of opthalmologist, opticians, optometrist, ophthalmics and General Nurses were brought together to perform the surgeries.

The Doctors and nurses were from the St. Dominic Hospital, Akwatia, in the Eastern Region, Techiman Holy Family Hospital in the Bono East Region, St. Mary’s Hospital, Drobo in Bono region, Accra, Koforidua in the Eastern Region and Bechem in the Ahafo Region, Dr. Oteng-Gyimah outlined.

According to Dr. Oteng-Gyimah, they were to ensure persons with cataract eye problems have their sights fully restored. 

He said the patients went through screening and those with cases that does not require surgery were given the necessary medications.

Dr. Oteng-Gyimah said the National Cataract Outreach (NCO) program was for Ghanaians who don’t have money to afford private cataract surgeries get their eyes restored freely.

The NCO program was launched in Ghana in 2018 by the Ghana Health Service in collaboration with the Himalayan Cataract Project to address cataract cases causing blindness in Ghana.

As at the visit by News on day one of the surgery exercises, about 70 surgeries had been performed smoothly.

It was gathered tat patients from far destinations were accommodated and fed by the Hospital.

The beneficiaries were sighted in good health condition after the surgery  and full of joy with smile on their faces.

In an interview with the patients, Mr. Edward Frimpong, a retired administrator, Ghana Education Service expressed gratitude to the SDA Hospital for the kindness.

He called on others persons with same conditions not to hesitate coming to the SDA Hospital to have their sights restored freely.

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