Chinese doctors offer free cataract surgery to 200 Ghanaians

Chinese doctors have offered free cataract surgery to 200 Ghanaian patients at the China-Ghana Friendship Hospital at La, a suburb of the national capital.

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Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health
Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health

The operation was conducted by a team of experts from the Bright Journey Project from Zhongshan University’s Ophthalmic Center, a top-rank ophthalmic hospital in China.

Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health
Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health
The team, comprised of 10 doctors, arrived in Accra last month to offer the surgeries.

At a ceremony of inspection of the cured patients, Ghana’s Vice-President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur thanked the Chinese government and the medical team for the support, saying restoring sight provided hope for people.

“We know that 200 people will now have more hope because their sights have been restored,” he said.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Accra, Wang Sheng, said China cherished its cooperation with Ghana in the field of health, assuring that China would always remain Ghana’s trustworthy partner.

“Let us do more to live up to the expectation of our two peoples,” he pleaded.

Ghana’s Health Minister Alex Segbefia said the relationship between China and Ghana was epitomized in this very hospital for which the laudable activity of giving people back their sight had occurred.

“What started off as a piece of paper work has now become a reality,” he said
Fatima Alhassan, a cured patient, was pleased with the restoration of her sight.

“Look at me, I can see. I didn’t realize that Accra was this bright,” she said.

In Ghana, about 60,000 cataract patients are created yearly but the country is only able to treat about 15,000 annually.

The team also donated equipment and medical instruments for ophthalmological treatment from China to Ghana’s Health Ministry. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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