A National Cataract Outreach Program aimed at reducing the of eye  defects is set to take off next year in all districts and communities across the country.


About 40,000 cases would be treated through this program.


Speaking at a news conference to launch the World Sight Day in Accra, yesterday, Dr Samuel Kaba, Director of Institutional Care Division, Ghana Health Service (GHS), noted that the Outreach Program, among others, was one of the measures put in place to address eye defects in the country.


Dr  Kaba said there were a lot of avoidable visual impairment which were not reported to the hospitals, hence the need to use telemedicine which would be stationed at the communities to help provide free screening to victims.


On his part, Dr Addy, Programs Director, Institutional Care Division, GHS, called for the establishment of a Primary Eye Care Centre at the Community-based Health Programs (CHPS) level to aid in the treatment of eye diseases.


Dr Addy noted that the Eye Care Unit lacked the required human resource which had contributed to the inability to provide treatment for some cases, adding that measures were being put in place to address the challenge.


He said developing countries had been cited as having the highest recorded cases of avoidable eye defects and urged Ghanaians to always seek health care, should they experience severe headaches or constant back ache which could sometimes be symptoms of eye defects.


Dr Addy advised parents to encourage their children to wear medicated spectacles to correct low vision.


World Sight Day is observed on the second Thursday of every October to create awareness globally on issues of avoidable blindness and visual impairment as a public health problem.

This year's event, organized on the theme: "Universal Eye Health— Make Vision Count", will be commemorated at Ejisu in the Eastern Region with a free screening held at the Koforidua General hospital.


Source: (Doris Sodjah & Chantal Aidoo)