Over one thousand families in Nzemaland in Western Region who are suffering from various forms of cataract and other eye complications, have secured free medical treatment.
While many of them had to go through surgeries, others had medicated glasses offered them to support their sights.
Three Members of Parliament (MP’s) from the Nzema area, collaborated to effectively tackle the growing wide spread of the cataract disease in the area.
The Member of Parliament for Ellembelle Constituency, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, Member of Parliament for Jomoro Constituency Dorcas Afo-Toffey, and Member of Parliament for Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira Constituency, Kofi Arko Nokoe, together facilitated the screening of the over ten thousand families.
Out of this, over one thousand of them had surgical operations and treatment.
“Over one thousand blind families who have been battling with cataract in the Nzema area all benefited” the lawmakers said.
The spread of cataract in the area, they noted, had caused many families with avoidable blindness, due to lack of information, education and health support required to assist victims of cataract to get treatment.
According to the lawmakers, this program is being carried out to stamp out cataract in the beneficiary constituencies
Although the last two years of covid 19 affected the annual program, this year, the MP for Ellembelle collaborated with the Member of Parliament for Jomoro Constituency, Dorcas Afo-Toffey and Member of Parliament for Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira Constituency, Kofi Arko Nokoe, to cover, discover and recover many cataract patients in the Nzema enclave.
Out of the exercise, over ten thousand people had their eyes screened and over one thousand of them who had complications, have currently been going through surgeries, and treatment to address all issues related to cataract.
The complications of cataract include infection, retinal detachment, inflammation inside the eye, swelling in certain parts of the eye, retention of a piece of the cataract inside the eye, glaucoma, hemorrhage (bleeding), possible worsening of certain eye conditions (such as diabetic retinopathy), and failure to improve actual functions.
Speaking in an interview with journalists, the lead consultant examining beneficiaries of the kind gesture, Dr. Seth Lartey, who is also a consultant at Konfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, explained that there are various forms of cataract that have been reported by community members following the screening exercise carried out by the medical team who are conducting the annual eye screening program.
He said many of the patients they attended to could have gone blind ,but for their intervention to rescue families and members of these deprived communities who are seriously accessing the life changing health program.
“Our main focus is on cataract and the reason being that, cataract is the commonest cause of blindness in this country, and is responsible for over 51 percent of all blindness in this country”.
He called on people with eye related complications, to report to health facilities and get treatment rather than sitting on the fence while complaining.
According to the lecturer at KNUST, due to medical advancement, surgery and treatment for cataract exists, and therefore should be adequately harnessed to the fullest for the benefit of people suffering from various eye complications.
Speaking in an interview, two of the beneficiaries of the MPs initiative, Somiah Andoh, a retired GBC broadcaster, and Seth Nyame, an opinion leader at Nkroful, expressed profound gratitude to the three MPs and all stakeholders who collaborated to actualize the dream of offering thousands of beneficiaries an opportunity to see, and revive their sights.
The NDC Constituency Chairman of Ellembelle, Alex Mahama, who supervised the program, urged electorates of the beneficiary constituencies to continue to rally behind the three legislators.
He said former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC leadership would continue to provide the Nzema enclave with quality leadership direction especially when the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) secures the mandate of Ghanaians to form the next government in 2025.
The representative of the three Members of Parliament catalogued a number of benefits the screening exercise provided for families and communities before, during and after the duration of the health campaign.
According to him, many people had given up for virtually becoming blind, but would henceforth get the opportunity to see ones again through the medical attention received.
Aside that, he said thousands of people who form the core of the human resource pool of communities making up Nzema land had their eyes rendered incapacitated following complications of cataract.
They could have remained blind, but for the intervention of this laudable initiative, he added.
He expressed satisfaction about the outcome and impact of the program, indicating that, the outcome demonstrated that truly, the three Nzema MP’s were hardworking.