By Mildred Siabi-Mensah GNA
Shama (WR), April 13, GNA - Ms Evelyn Abena Kyere, Ocularist and Eye Nurse at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has encouraged the public to take in lots of fruits and vegetables as natural preventive health care against eye conditions.
She mentioned that fruits and vegetables such as oranges, mangoes, carrots, tomatoes, pawpaw, palm oil and soups were good sources of elements that promoted good eye sights and avoided any form of eye diseases.
Ms Kyere gave this pre-lecture during a West African Gas Pipeline Company’s sponsored eye screening and medication session for about 200 community members of the Shama district as part of the company's corporate social interventions measure.
She disabused the perception that piles grew on the eye and therefore cautioned against the use of both herbal and unprescribed medication on the eye,stressing that, “Itching of the eye is not piles, and piles have never developed on the eye”.
The Ocularist mentioned that aging was one key factor that contributed to the diminishing eye sight and this situation could be corrected with simple eye lens or surgery.
She mentioned Cataract and Glaucoma as two main diseases that affected the eye and explained that glaucoma was hereditary and could easily lead to blindness due to the gradual destruction of the veins, “fortunately, there are medications to reduce the pressure on the eye. I will therefore urge people with this condition to get help through early checkups and diagnosis”.
Dr Gladys Fordjour, Consultant Specialist and leader of the team stressed the need for early eye checkups, especially for people around 40 years.
Dr Fordjour said the common disease that run through the exercise were cataract, glaucoma and allergies adding, “Diabetes, hypertension and goiter could also trigger poor eye sight.
She mentioned key persons who needed regular eye care as stone miners, welders and people who worked closely with chemicals.
Mr Kofi Mensah, External Affairs Manager of WAPCO said the company had taken it upon itself to improve the health and well-being of the people in its operational areas, “As we all know the eye is the window to the world and so we need to take care of them”.
Already, residents from three communities Jumo, Lower and upper Inchaban, Ebusie have benefitted from the exercise.
Mr Mensah said about 1200 residents have benefitted from the exercise.
The External Relations Manager said the company have so far provided scholarship, school facilities and vocational trainings to improve the symbiotic relationship with resident.