Cataract has been found to be the leading cause of blindness in Ghana with 40,000 cataract surgeries required every year to curb the menace.
The Head of the Eye Care Unit of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. James Addy, has said that 40,000 cataract surgeries are required to be conducted every year in Ghana to help prevent disturbing cases of blindness among Ghanaians.
According to him, currently Ghana is able to do about 15,000 to 16,000 cataract surgeries far below the set target due to many challenges.
However, the GHS has entered into an agreement with the Himalayan Cataract Project of United State of America (USA) to fund the National Cataract Outreach Program (NACOP) to help reduce the deficit by performing 30,000 cataract surgeries to patients annually by 2020
The project would be launched formally on September 17 at the Koforidua Regional Hospital where absolutely free Cataract surgeries will be performed at the Regional Hospital for persons in the region.
By: Bridget Mensah