GCB Bank Limited has sponsored a free eye screening exercise for over one thousand people from Effiakuma and its surrounding communities, comprising Efia, Effiakuma Number 9, and New Site, in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.
The exercise, done in partnership with Third Eye Care and Vision Centre, saw the beneficiaries being taken through basic eye tests, and were supplied with spectacles and drugs free of charge. Eye glasses were also provided to those with minor eye conditions, while those with serious defects were referred to specialist clinics in Takoradi.
In addition, the beneficiaries were educated on eye diseases and care, and the need for healthy savings and investing for their future. Some of the residents took the opportunity to open accounts with the bank, while others commended GCB for funding the eye screening.
Seven ophthalmologists, 10 physician assistants and 20 volunteers of the bank helped in the exercise,
Mr. Martin Yaw Abofra, Western and Central Regional Manager of the bank explained that the project formed part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility, adding that the bank had made issues of human interest central to its business.
Dr Kwame Obeng Nyarko of Third Eye Care and Vision Centre said the team examined people with varied eye defects including presbyopia, glaucoma and cataracts.
Last year, GCB Bank funded similar exercises for residents at Nima and Maamobi in Accra.
From Peter Gbambila, Effiakuma, Takoradi.