The West African Fuel Pipeline Firm restricted (WAPCo), as a part of its annual specialised medical care, has offered free eye screening to over 500 residents in Kpone and Tema Manhean within the Higher Accra Area.
The transfer which was in collaboration with eye specialists from the Korle-Bu Instructing Hospital sought to fill within the hole for the excessive demand by members of the host communities.
Some beneficiaries acquired medicated glasses, eye-drops amongst others, whereas these with a extra extreme situation needing additional consideration have been referred to the Tema Common Hospital and the Korle Bu Instructing Hospital.
The Eye Specialist in control of the outreach programme, Dr Gladys Fordjour stated a number of the instances that got here up included cataract, which results in a lower in imaginative and prescient.
“It usually develops slowly and will have an effect on one or each eyes,” she stated.
She added that different diagnoses have been refractive errors, allergy symptoms and few instances of glaucoma.
“I need to say these have been fairly critical instances that want additional consideration,” she famous.
Dr Fordjour additionally famous that the screening train instituted by WAPCo was well timed, “as a number of the instances that got here to us right here have been fairly critical and we now have taken care of them and referred them to Tema Common and Korle-Bu Instructing hospitals for additional care.”
“I need to say that we now have strongly suggested these we now have referred to verify they go to the hospital since failure to try this may result in blindness, whereas we additionally advise others on correct eye care”, she stated.
In response to the Eye Specialist, many of the well being services within the communities would not have specialised eye providers, thus making WAPCo’s outreach programme essential.
She stated what’s vital now’s to make sure most of the sufferers dwelling within the areas distant from specialist providers make it a degree to frequently go to the services akin to Tema Common and Korle-Bu Instructing hospitals for checkups.
An opinion chief of one of many beneficiary communities, William W. Atiapah stated the medical outreach was important because of the shut proximity of the realm to industrial actions in Tema which principally generate quite a lot of smoke and dirt, coupled with fish processing that additionally emits smoke.
“We have now a well being facility right here, however these are specialised providers that aren’t available right here for the individuals in the neighborhood to entry. For eye-care we depend on the benevolence of corporations akin to WAPCo”, he stated.
He expressed the hope that different industries throughout the Tema-Kpone industrial enclave would in future think about specialised medical providers for the individuals inside their catchment space.
Mr Atiapah additionally inspired these referred to Tema Common and Korle-Bu Instructing hospitals to deal with their conditions as pressing and to all others the necessity to abide by the nice counsel of the specialists.
The Exterior Relations Supervisor of WAPCo, Mark Ok. Mensah, stated WAPCo recognized the medical outreach as a important intervention, which was agreed upon via consultations with members of the beneficiary communities.
The communities chosen have some considerable well being care services however lack specialised providers akin to optometry, regardless that poor eyesight and associated circumstances are widespread.
“We recognized the attention downside as a problem throughout certainly one of our interactions with the colleges and realised that some college students and pupils are at all times known as to be seated in entrance. Our probe revealed that they can’t see from afar,” he stated.
He stated the unhappy side is that the youngsters who had eye issues have been unaware of their circumstances, a scenario that manifests amongst some adults within the communities.
Mr Mensah additionally expressed concern concerning the rising instances of glaucoma, noting that “the unhappy a part of glaucoma is that it doesn’t present any signs till it’s too late, which has resulted in lots of shedding their sight.”
“Due to this fact realising that there are assorted eye issues in our host communities with no specialist providers, we, after broad consultations, agreed with the individuals to offer annual eye look after them and it has helped vastly,” he said.
He stated the corporate, other than the medical care in Higher Accra, Neighborhood Centre at Aboadze, constructed a clinic and maternity facility for a group in Tema, a college and academics’ quarters for Kpone in addition to instituted a scholarship programme for sensible however needy kids.
“We have now assist additionally prolonged to college students pursuing numerous programmes within the universities and people who need to go into vocational coaching,” he stated.
“WAPCo designed a scheme known as Neighborhood Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES) to assist them in that path, and assist with instruments to begin a enterprise”, he added.
Aside from the Kpone and Tema Manhean engagements, he stated: “We can even prolong it to different 5 communities and their environment within the Shama District of the Western Area.”