The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) Society in partnership with the Ghana Red Cross has inaugurated an ultramodern eye care clinic for the Savelugu Government Hospital in the Northern Region.
This is part of efforts by the Swiss Red Cross Society to fight eye diseases and also reduce the inconvenience of eye patients travelling all the way to Bawku in the Upper East Region and other distant areas to seek medical treatment.
Five motorbikes were also donated to the volunteer nurses in the Savelugu municipality to enhance their outreach activities. Another five motorbikes and over 10 bicycles were donated to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to improve its ability to reach out to the rural communities for data collection and public sensitisation.
In an interview with Class News, the Country Representative of the Swiss Red Cross, Mr Thomas Okollah explained that the establishment of the facility is to enable that every person with an eye problem in the area has access to quality healthcare.
He noted that the centre is expected to serve the Savelugu municipality and other nearby districts in the region who are not adequately served. Mr Okollah indicated that the SRC is passionate about schoolchildren having access to the facility to improve their health in order to continue their education, thus, the collaboration between the SRC, the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service.
Mr Okollah noted that cataract and glaucoma are prevalent in the region.
He said: “As you know, most of us are very hard working in our farms, your eye can be hit by a stick as you do your farm work, with time it develops as cataract. So, these cases are numerous and we do surgery when it is reported to us.”
According to Mr Okollah, the Ghana Health Service will deploy surgeons to the facility to carry out surgeries periodically in line with experts’ advice.
The Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service, Alhaji Mohammed Haroun Kambodia received customised medicated eyeglasses on behalf of some schoolchildren in the Savelugu municipality.
The Northern Regional Director of NADMO, Alhaji Abdallah Hindu also received the motorbikes and bicycles on behalf of the Director-General of the organisation.
The Medical Superintendent of the Savelugu Hospital, Dr Samson Aning Abankwah expressed his excitement over the facility.
He said the clinic is adequate enough to admit more patients. He said it will enable the staff to work efficiently and offer quality service to patients.