Orbis International Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) committed to the preservation and restoration of sight, has donated assorted eye care equipment to five health facilities in the Ashanti Region.
They donated the equipment to the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate as a support to improving quality eye care in the Region.
The beneficiary facilities include Kumasi South Hospital(KMA), Mankranso Government Hospital (Ahafo Ano South West District), Nkawie Government Hospital (Atwima Nwabiagya North district), Abuakwa Polyclinic (Atwima Nwabiagya North district), and Obuasi Government Hospital (Obuasi East).
The items include twenty-five (25) different equipment and instriments at varying quantities summing up to 71 items in all to a tune of USD 73,326 including clearance from the port.
The items include Retiniscope , Ophthalmoscopes, Pediatric Trial Frames, Adult Trial Frames, Focimeter, Cataract Sets, Occluder, Minor Surgery Sets, Operating Microscopes, Visual Acuity Charts amongst others.
Speaking with Mr. Adolf Ollenu, Programme Manager for Orbis International Ghana, who presented the equipment to the Regional Health Directorate at a brief ceremony, asserted that the motive behind the donation was to provide quality eye care services to underserved communities at a minimal cost.
He added that the beneficiary facilities were part of a primary eye project being implemented by Orbis International and that the focus is to prevent and treat blindness in the region.
Most of the health facilities, he noted, were under-resourced in the area of eye care services and underlined the need to provide them with the requisite equipment to be able to deliver efficiently.
He then urge the general public to take very good care of their eye and stop putting things like salty water and others in their eyes whenever they encounter eye problems.
Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang, the Ashanti Regional Health Director who received the equipment on behalf of the five (5) beneficiary facilities, applauded Orbis International for the intervention and pledged to ensure they were put to good use.
He said the equipment would go a long way to enhance quality eye care delivery in the region.
Nana Yaw Owusu / Ashanti Region