Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, June 12, GNA - The humanitarian department of the Church of Latter-day Saints has donated medical equipment to the St Thomas Eye Hospital in Accra to help address retinal challenges.
The equipment donated include; an Optical Coherence Tomography, a retinal camera with Fundus Autofluorescene and Fudus Fluorescene Angiogram capabilities, and an Ultrasound B-Scan.
These medical machines would enable doctors see the back end of patients’ eye in severe cases and be able to offer proper diagnosis and treatment.
Elder Germane, the West African Welfare Specialists, handing over the equipment on behalf of the Church together with his wife Sister Germane, said the church was interested in all systems in the country, especially medical care.
He said funds for the purchase of the equipment were a gift from members of the church to the hospital to help improve eye care and enable people have clearer vision.
Elder Germane said the Latter-day Saints was honoured to partner the hospital to help citizens who needed dire assistance medically.
Dr Jon Gunther, a member of the Latter-day Saints Charities and a Retina Specialist, said the church was pleased to provide the equipment that was the best in the whole world and expressed the hope that it would be able to use it to improve on eye care for the poor.
Dr Michael Gyasi, the Medical Director of the hospital, expressed gratitude to the church for supporting them with the equipment and said the hospital did about 1,200 surgeries each year and out of these 90 per cent are done for people living in extreme poverty and unable to pay cash for services rendered.
Dr Gyasi said the absence of the medical equipment made it difficult for the hospital to provide the needed care for patients with severe cataract problem hence the need to call for external help.
"These equipment will therefore go a long way to improve the quality of care we provide to our clients. We shall make it available to other eye care professionals and believe this will impact positively on their standard of care as well."
Dr Oscar Debrah, representing the Director of Eye Care Service, Ghana Health Service, also expressed appreciation to the church for their support to the country over the years and said cataract was the leading cause of blindness and the hospital was fortunate to partner the church in that regard to help fill the gap as government could not do it all alone.