More than 400 residents of Kotobabi and its surrounding communities have undergone a free eye screening to address challenges with their sight.
The exercise was organised by Stanbic Bank Ghana in collaboration with Community Uplift Ghana (CUG), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
As part of its sponsorship, Stanbic Bank presented a GH¢10,000 cheque to the CUG to cater for those who might need special treatment.
The screening was aimed at bringing health care to the doorsteps of the residents as well as help cater for those who cannot afford going to hospital.
Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians drawn from the Nsawam Government Hospital and some private health centres who undertook the exercise enlightened the beneficiaries on the need to seek prompt and regular medical care.
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Some of the beneficiaries were also given free medication, sunglasses and other materials that would aid in their sight.
Procedure for the exercise
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the leader of the medical team, Dr Alfred Gardemor, said beneficiaries were assessed, diagnosed and offered the necessary treatment.
Those who had complications with their eyes, Dr Gardemor said, were referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and other specialised health centres for further treatment.
According to him, the team identified several complications with the beneficiaries with cataract being the major one.
Cataract is any cloudiness or opacity of the lens of the eye, which is normally crystal clear.
He, therefore, advised Ghanaians to seek prompt and regular medical check-up, noting that early detection and diagnoses would help prevent damages to the eyes.
He discouraged people from engaging in self-medication “which is not the best way to ensure the safety of the eyes”.
Corporate social responsibility
The Head of Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic Bank Ghana, Nana Benneh Dwemoh, said the bank was pleased to partner CUG for the exercise.
As a financial institution, he said, the health of Ghanaians was paramount to it, indicating that the eyes were very important to every human being.
He said the exercise formed part of the corporate social responsibilities in communities the bank operated.
The Founder of the CUG, Mr Franklin Mensah, said the association would collaborate with a lot of institutions to embark on a similar exercise in different communities in the course of the year.