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Health News Wed, 21 Oct 2015

Oguaa Anglican Diocese, NGO equip Eye Centre

The Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast aided by ‘Help Is On The Way', a US based Non-Governmental Organisation, has equipped the Bishop Ackon Memorial Christian Eye Centre in Cape Coast with three state of the arts ophthalmic machines.

The equipment comprise an operating microscope, a slit lamp and a laser beam machine, which is the only of its kind in any eye centre in both the Central and Western Regions.

The laser beam machine is used to remove opacities often found at the back of the eye after cataract surgery.

The donation formed part of this year's Saint Luke day celebration, marked after offering a mass in honor of Saint Luke on his feast day.

Right Reverend Victor Reginald Atta Baffoe, Bishop of the Diocese, told the media the donation was in accordance with the church's commitment to the well-being of the public.

He said the church donated the machines to enhance the work of the Centre in providing better eye care services to the public.

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He disclosed that the Anglican Church would be establishing mobile clinics in rural areas to provide health services to the needy.

Receiving the machines on behalf of the Centre, the administrator, Canon Joseph William Kofi de-Graft Johnson, was grateful for the donation saying it would go a long way to improve the services provided by the centre, especially in specialized eye care services.

He said the laser beam machine would make it possible for many people to access specialised eye care services.

Canon de-Graft Johnson said the Centre since its establishment in 1987, has seen huge increment in OPD attendance and successes in all its eye surgeries.

He disclosed that the Centre will soon establish a branch in Sunyani as a means of extending its services in the coming years.

Source: GNA