Over three thousand residents of Accra, have benefitted from free eye screening campaign.
The exercise organized by the Islamic Council for Development and Humanitarian Services (ICODEHS), a leading Muslim non-governmental organization was part of their community service.
The free eye screening took place in four communities in Accra namely, Madina in the La-Nkwantanan District, Kotobabi, Abossey Okai and Nima all in the Accra Metropolis.
Those whose condition required eye glasses were provided with some whilst others numbering about three hundred had surgeries performed on them to correct the defects on their eyes. The patients were also given free medications.
According to the Founder and Chairman of ICODEHS, Sheikh Mustapha Ibrahim, the exercise followed pleas for assistance by individuals most of whom suffered from various eye conditions. He explained such persons including foreign nationals often visited his Kotobabi offices to seek for finances to enable them attend a health facility for treatment. “We then thought it necessary to organized free screening and provide other services that would help restore people’s sight. Sheikh Mustapha stated.
He said there were thousands, if not millions of Ghanaians who suffer from various eye conditions but could not afford the cost of medical care to correct the defects.
‘Insha Allah’ we got support from Dubai Charity an international NGO from the Middle East and we managed and organized the eye screening as well as free eye surgery” said Sheikh Mustapha.
ICODEHS which operates a number of first and cycle circular and Islamic schools in the country is also noted for offering other humanitarian services such as digging boreholes in rural communities as well as building mosques across the country. In the last quarter of 2013, ICODEHS commissioned eight (8) new mosques in Garzegu, Bimbila,La-anja all in the Northern region, Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region, Nima Ejura ,Atonsu Abuabo,Bontreso in the Ashanti region and Serepe in the Upper West region.
Just before the Christmas festivities the organization distributed some clothes to seven thousand people in selected communities in Accra and Kumasi.
The gesture was part of annual end of year giveaway packages. Others also received assorted food items during the period.
ICODEHS also operates a number of orphanages.