Thousands of residents of Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region have benefited from a free eye screening service.
The nine-day screening exercise dubbed “Avoidable Blindness Elimination Project” was undertaken by a team of ophthalmologist from the Friends Eye Center, the brain child of Kog Kriationz Network, an Accra based Non-Governmental Organization.
Beneficiaries of the screening also received eye drops, glasses and befitted from surgery at no cost.
Speaking at a short ceremony at Sefwi Wiaso, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kog Kriationz Network, Mr. Eric Owusu Gyimah said about 80% of eye related ailments could have been prevented if proper measures and regular check ups were adopted.
He further admonished the people to adhere to routine screening of the eye to avoid preventable blindness.
The Kog Kriationz Network CEO further thanked Oheneba Kasempa Enterprise, Eye Foundation of America, Friends Eye Centre, Nicholas Aackaah Foundation, Sefwi Traditional Area for their collaboration.
On his part, the Omanhene of the Wiaso Sefwi Traditional Area, Katakyie Kwasi Bumagama II described the project as first of its kind and unprecedented in his area and lauded the NGO for the initiative.
He pledged his fullest support for the project and called on individuals and corporate entities to support a worthy course such as these as he also stressed the need for regular checks on the eye.