I feel the pain of glaucoma patients having to have their medicines. It’s difficult living by a schedule of all these different medicines. Compliance of glaucoma drugs by glaucoma patients is low. They cause side effects, they are expensive and areinconvenient to use. Yet we don’t have any good solutions for our patients short of surgery to get glaucoma drops out of their lives.(Dr. James Brandt, MD,ophthalmologist,New Horizons in Glaucoma Drug Delivery,2018).
MISSION AND PREVIOUS PROJECTS
Boayen Sight Savers Ghana (B.S.S.G) is an N.G.O established in November 2017 with the objective of providing quality eye care examination to schools, communities, churches etc. Based on the increasing number of Ghanaians living with glaucoma, we launched glaucoma awareness campaign in 2018 coupled with comprehensive eye screenings in Ghana. Visuals for our previous projects have been posted on our facebook page on the handle Boayen Sight Savers Ghana.
DAY OF PROGRAM
Darkwa Memorial Clinic is an accredited health facility located in the Kpone-katamanso municipality. The program was successful with a total turn- out of 203 participants and majority of them were teenagers.
Speaking to Dr. Doris Akwei, CEO of Darkwa Memorial Clinic about the motive of the program, she indicated that they have been in existence for the past 2 years. As part their social responsibility and officially launching an eye department decided to organize the program hence the collaboration with B.S.S.G.
The following procedures were performed; blood pressure(BP), blood sugar level, hepatitis B, malaria, BMI( body mass index).All the participants also had comprehensive eye screening. The ocular cases recorded were allergy, presbyopia, pterygium,computer vision syndrome (C.V.S) and glaucoma suspects in descending order. Much attention was paid to the glaucoma suspects and further tests were required of them.
There are many investigators that are working ,and companies that are trying to develop ways to deliver a drug so patients don’t have to take their 12 hours interval drugs. Even worse iswhen a patient has to wait 5-10 minutes interval when on two drops. Many investigators and companies around the world are working minimally invasive drops that turn into solid gel ,stays inside underneath the eyelid and delivers drug for a month or so at a time. (Dr. James Brandt, MD,ophthalmologist,New Horizons in Glaucoma Drug Delivery,2018)
We like to say a big thank you to Dr. George O. Acheampong( Director of B.S.S.G/ optometrist), Dr. Isaac Asirifi( Associate Director of B.S.S.G/Optometrist), Dr.Doris Akwei(C.E.O, Darkwa Memorial Clinic). Also to Mr. Joshua Tigo of Multimedia and Mr Augustine Kyei( C.E.O of kobbykyeinewslive). Last regards goes to very helpful hands from Darkwa Memorial Clinic.