Eye disorders are preventable – Health official

Ms Anastasia Atiogbe, the Birim Central Municipal Director of Health Service, has said most blindness and eye disorders were preventable.

She appealed to people suffering from eye disorders to report early at hospitals for diagnosis and treatment.

Ms Atiogbe was speaking to the GNA Media Auditing and Development Tracking team after opening a training workshop for 60 primary eye care volunteers at Akyem Oda.

The participants included teachers, chemical sellers and Community Health Nurses.

Operation Eye Sight Universal, a Canada based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), with funding from Standard Chartered Bank organized the workshop.

Ms Atiogbe said the workshop was to equip the participants with skills to be able to detect eye disorders and refer them to health centres for treatment.

Dr Michael Owusu Kyei, an Optometrist at the Akyem Oda Government Hospital, mentioned some eye conditions as blur vision and red eyes among others.

He said when people had eye injuries they should be directed to hospitals but not to be delayed in the homes.

Dr Kyei urged the participants to be ambassadors of early diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders.

The GNA, Star-Ghana media Auditing and Tracking of Development projects is an initiative launched to promote transparency, social accountability, participatory democracy and good governance. GNA

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