ABOUT 200 people have benefited from free cataract surgery at the Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal (LEKMA) Hospital in a 10-day medical outreach organised by the Bright Journey Team from China.
The medical team also donated the ophthalmological equipment and other medical consumers used for the surgeries worth $587,000 to the hospital.
The cataract surgery, conducted by the six member medical team consisting of three ophthalmologists and three specialised surgical nurses, formed part of the Ghana-China partnership aimed at offering free medical services to Ghanaians.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony of the programme in Accra, Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for the partnership that has brought sight to 200 people who would otherwise have been blind.
He said the country has about 60,000 cataract patients, but only 15,000 are able to access or afford a surgery to correct their sight.
The vice president was full of praise for the medical team for the services they have offered freely to patients at the LEKMA Hospital.
Chargé d’Affaires for the Chinese Embassy, Wang Sheng, said the Chinese government has the intention of supporting the healthcare needs of Ghana through collaborative efforts such as the free surgeries.
He further mentioned that another batch of Chinese doctors will be arriving in the country very soon to help support the LEKMA Hospital for one year, while another batch will be going to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for free cardiovascular surgeries.
Mr Sheng on behalf of the team also expressed their gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality they received at the hospital.
Madam Fatima Alhassan, a beneficiary of the free cataract surgery, thanked the hospital’s management and the Chinese medical team for the opportunity to have her sight back after 10 years of struggling with cataract.