UCC inaugurates eye clinic to serve university community

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Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Joseph Ghartey-Ampiah, has given the strongest indication that the University would support and push through services that will help the early detection of eye defects so they do not result in blindness.

According to the Vice Chancellor, many people in Ghana have eye defects that could have been corrected if they were detected early.

Speaking at the opening of a new state-of-the-art eye centre to serve the University of Cape Coast community, the Vice Chancellor was emphatic the facility will considerably increase the contribution of the university in reducing blindness and visual impairment in Ghana, especially, the University of Cape Coast.

“I see this moment as a dream come true. The University Eye Centre used to operate in a very small room that was not conducive and befitting of a centre that is expected to serve thousands of students, staff and communities around the university,” he said.

The Facility, the Vice Chancellor indicated is expected to serve as a training grounds to train eye specialists.

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To him, sight is very critical for everyday endeavours and enough effort has to be engineered to protect the vision of people in Ghana.

“Four per cent of the 30 million population of Ghana are suffering from vision impairment. These defects could have been prevented if they were detected early,” he said.

Prof. Joseph Ampiah-Ghartey also elucidated the uses of the facility some of which he says are to offer comprehensive vision assessment, diagnosis and many other optical services.

The Inauguration of the Eye Clinic was at the instance of the Directorate of Health Services at the University of Cape Coast.