A total of 1,011 students from Busa Circuit Elementary School in Wa Municipality benefited from a free eye screening exercise organized by the Ghana Education Service (GES) in collaboration with Bliss Eye Care.
Of the number of students screened, a total of 825 had ineffective / allergic conjunctivitis, 12 had suspected glaucoma, 18 had refractive errors, one person had cataracts, three had a corneal foreign body, and 152 had normal eyes .
Speaking to the media during the exercise, Mr. Abudu Issahaku, coordinator of the Wa Municipal School’s Health Education Program (SHEP), noted that the exercise aimed to identify students who have visual problems in their eyes. process before it gets out of hand.
“Those with sight problems are given free medication while those who need to be referred are also referred to the hospital for further examinations,” he said.
Mr. Issahaku said those who also have reading problems were given reading glasses to help them with their reading, adding that the exercise had been a big success since 2016.
“So many pupils with visual problems in the municipality have been helped to learn to read and write,” said the municipal coordinator SHEP.
He urged parents to consider it a responsibility to help children take care of the glasses so that they last a long time and perform their function.
“Bliss Eye Care cannot continue to provide the glasses all the time, hence the need for parents to also take responsibility for providing the glasses to their pupils when damaged,” he said. .
Mr. Issahaku noted that they had not yet covered all of the municipality’s circuits, especially the Boli, Jonga, Nacori and Kambali circuits and called for more support for Bliss Eye Care to continue to pursue the exercise.
This, he said, would ensure that no student drops out of school due to visual problems.
Madam Zainab Mohammed, a parent, noted that her three children had all received medication after the screening, which means they had vision problems unknown to the family.
She thanked Bliss Eye Care and GES for organizing the exercise to help the children.
Dr Zakarea Al-hassan Balure, optometrist and director of Bliss Eye Care, said people with suspected glaucoma / other retinal abnormalities will be referred to Wa Regional Hospital for further evaluation.
He said people with ineffective / allergic conjunctivitis were given medication and glasses to help them overcome their challenge.
Dr Balure urged parents to take personal hygiene in their wards very seriously, as this is a major factor for many children with vision problems.
The exercise is part of the “Blissful Sight for Kids (BS4Ks) project funded by Ghana Vision in Switzerland.