Albasar Foundations offers free eye screening, cataract surgery to Nsawam residents 

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Hundreds of residents of Nsawam in the Eastern Region on Tuesday turned up at the Government Hospital for free eye screening, medication and cataract surgery.

They were screened by a team of specialists from the foundation with support of nurses at the hospital, for all forms of eye troubles and those with ailments were given medication, free eye glasses and those diagnosed with cataract went through surgeries.

At least 3,000 residents were targeted for the six-day screening. 

The exercise was organised by Albasar Foundation, Saudi-based non- governmental organisation with funding from the King Salman Humanitarian and Relief Centre, in conjunction with local NGO, Direct Aid Society Ghana, and the Nsawam Government Hospital.

The foundation supported with team of eye specialists, medical consumables and equipment, while the hospital made available the facility and some nurses to complement the work of the foundation.

The Charge de Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Embassy in Accra, Saed Al-Bakr recounted Saudi-Ghana relations and commended the government for the opportunity to team up with the hospital to fight blindness in Ghana.

The Regional Director of the foundation, Dr Mohieldin Abdallah Albadawi, said the foundation operated outreach mobile eye screening across Africa and Asia, help to build clinic for needy areas and capacities of health institutions, under its programme to fight blindness.

He added that the foundation had set up two eye clinics in Nigeria and Niger to improve eye healthcare in the countries.

Dr Albadawi said the foundation had been conducting eye screening and free cataract surgeries in Ghana since 1994, as part of efforts to help in the prevention of blindness in the country.

The Medical Superintendent, of the Nsawam Government Hospital,Kwabena Awuku, made appeal to the foundation to help establish a permanent clinic for the Hospital, adding that though the hospital did not have a resident Ophthalmologist, they had been collaborating with the Regional hospital to treat eye cases and cataract surgery.

The Member of Parliament for Nsawam-Adoagyeri and Minority Chief Whip, Frank Annor-Dompreh said the Nsawam Government Hospital was strategically located and served five constituencies in the area, and also made a strong appeal for permanent eye clinic for the hospital.

The Chief of Ahodwo, Nana Opare Amankwah II, while commending the foundation urged those diagnosed with eye troubles to strictly adhere to the treatment regimen to preserve their sight.

From Alhaji Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, Nsawam

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