25 January 2013

Ghana: Bawku Eye Clinic Opens New Branch At Yorogo

AFTER Thirty-Seven years of its establishment, the Eye Clinic at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital in Bawku has extended its services to the Yorogo community near Bolgatanga, to increase quality of health care services for potential clients.

The late Dr. Charles Akuamoa established the Bawku Eye Clinic in 1975. The clinic, since its establishment has saved several dozens of people from going blind through correctional measures and Ophthalmological operations.

Apart from Ghanaians who have benefited from the facility, many others come from neighbouring Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger for treatment of their eye conditions.

In order to bring its services closer to potential clients in the regional capital of Bolgatanga, and its environs, the clinic first established its annex at Zaare, also in the Bolgatanga Municipality in 2008, which attracted a lot of people with sight problems.

Having tested the pulse of the people, managers of the Eye Clinic secured a vast land at Yorogo, about 7km from Bolgatanga and began with the construction of the first phase of a standard eye clinic.

Constructed at a cost of GH¢ 209, 742.01 and funded through internally generated funds with support from Dutch based NGO, Geeze, and facilitated by Dr. Jan Oosterink, a Dutch Philanthropists who worked in Bawku in the 1970s, the first phase of the project is made of an Out Patient Department.

Upon completion, the clinic would have three consulting rooms, a theatre, visual acuity room, staff common room, a pharmacy and offices for the Ophthalmologist in charge. The construction of a training centre estimated at GH ¢ 251,000.00 is in progress.

Inaugurating the clinic, the Chairperson of the Upper Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Esmund Wasau Nagba, said considering the fact that the centre is seeking to assume the role of a sub-regional facility, the church will welcome any assistance from benevolent institutions and individuals, and the government to uplift the centre.

The General Manager of the Presbyterian Health Service- Northern Sector, Mr. John Alaale Abugri, commended Dr. Jan Oosterink for his priceless contributions towards the development of the eye programmes in the region which has gone a long way to signify the church's commitment to providing social services to the society in addition to meeting their spiritual needs.

The Chief of Yorogo, Naba Johnson A. Awuni commended the Church and Management for extending the facility to his traditional area and urged his people and workers to cultivate a good working relationship to avoid clashes and misunderstanding and conflict.

The Deputy Regional Director of Health Service in charge of clinical services, Dr. Ernest Opoku praised the church for the move and urged management of the facility to enroll on the National Health Insurance Scheme to make their services more accessible to the people.

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