Adolf Ollenu, programs manager, Orbis International, Africa has said that, seventy – five percent of vision loss among people is preventable and treatable.
According to him, the should be more education on the need to always protect the eye to prevent total blindness.
Mr. Adolf Ollenu said this at Bɛbu in the Atwima Kwanwoma district in the Ashanti Region at the 2018 edition of World Sight Day organized by Orbis international, Africa and Standard Chartered in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate.
World Sight Day, is a day observed annually on the second Thursday of October every year. It is a global event meant to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment. It was originally initiated by the SightFirstCampaign of Lions Club International Foundation in the year 2000.
According to him, reason for the event was to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment because most of the deseases he said can be prevented.
He said the education is to help people protect their eyes in order not to become a burden to their family and society.
Adding that when one loses sight, care givers and women suffer most because they have to spend time in assisting and providing the needs of the affected persons.
He said accidents, various cultural practices, glaucoma, cataract are some of the causes of visual loss which he said are sometimes preventable .
This year’s edition brought together pupils from Atwima Kwanwoma District, authorities from Ghana Health Service and Orbis International Africa.
On his part, Dr. Emmanuel K. Tinkorang, regional health director, Ashanti, advised the general public on the need for early detection and prevention.
He said, when eye problems are detected early that is where attention could be paid for quick solution.
He advised the general public to take good care of their eye because it is the only source of light to the human being.