Over six hundred out of about 3,000 persons with acute eye cases have been booked for eye surgery in the Keta Municipality after a five-day intensive eye screening exercise at the Keta Hospital.

The screening was organised by the Lifetime Wells Vision in collaboration with Friends Eye Centre to help people in the districts, especially those from the rural communities and the less privileged free eye screening. 

According to the Keta MP, Dzudzorli Kwame Gakpey, the exercise has fulfilled one of his 2020 campaign promises to his constituency.

In his view, sight is very important in the lives of every individual hence the need for continuous eye screening and correction.

“Without eyes life becomes miserable and so that is the reason why I need to make sure that my people are well screened and treated of any eye disease,” Mr Gakpey said.

He described the number of young people and children with severe eye problems in the district as very alarming and called stakeholders in the country to collaborative efforts in helping to eradicate such problems.

The Former DCE for Ketu North and Programs Coordinator for the Lifetime Wells Vision, Clever Kofi Lawson said the organisation assured that everyone booked for surgery will receive the needed treatment and be well taken care of.

One of the nurses with the Friends eye centre, Tinav Shepherd stressed that most of the cases were avoidable and could have been treated or prevented but the lack of regular check ups resulted to the severe cases.

Currently, the Lifetime Wells Vision and Friends of the eye centre this year has targeted seven districts in the Volta Region and will continue to other districts as well as the Oti region.