posted on 03/08/2011: 579 views
Ghana - Thousands of visually-impaired people in Ghana were given medical attention at a six-day mobile camp conducted by Noor Dubai Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Dubai and funded by Dubai Islamic Bank.
About 300 people underwent surgery to improve their eyesight and thousands were screened in Tamale, Northern part of Ghana's capital city.
"This is the second mobile eye-camp that Noor Dubai conducted in Africa and the third for the year 2011 and we are delighted with the results. The camp in Ghana witnessed overwhelming response from patients of all ages, many of whom travelled long distances for this opportunity,” said Qadhi Saeed AlMurooshid, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Noor Dubai Foundation and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority.
According to figures from the Ghana Eye Foundation, about 200,000 people are blind and over 600,000 have eye problems out of an estimated 20 million people living in the country.
"About 600,000 people in Ghana are visually impaired and over 75 per cent of the causes of blindness are avoidable. The leading cause of blindness in Ghana is cataract, affecting nearly 100,000 individuals. Other major causes of blindness included Glaucoma and Trachoma. With Glaucoma, unfortunately most of the cases that arrived to the camp for intervention were of late stages,” said Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of Noor Dubai Foundation.
Noor Dubai's team travelled across borders to treat some of the world's poorest populations living in remote areas in Africa. – Khaleej Times
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