Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Story: Kwame Asare Boadu. Kumasi

OVER one thousand people have been screened for eye deffects in Kumasi as part of a road safety programme undertaken by the Centre for Betterment Collaboration Ghana (CBC) , a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in conjunction with the Faith Assemblies of God Church at Tafo-Nhyiaeso, on Sunday.
The exercise, which was in line with the organisation’s life saving initiatives, was organised free of charge for the beneficiaries, some of whom were given free medication or referred to the hospital for further treatment.
Doctors and nurses from the Kumasi South Hospital assisted in the exercise.
The administrator of CBC Ghana, Mr Kwaku Kyei-Acheampong, told the Daily Graphic that eye defects on the part of some drivers and pedestrians could be major sources of accidents, that was why his outfit was targeting both groups in this life saving initiative.
He said the exercise would be extended to other churches in the metropolis to ensure that as many people as possible benefited from it.
Mr Kyei-Acheampong said the church was one area where many groups of people congregated and conducting the exercise there would always be fruitful.
The administrator said the CBC had also begun a programme to stock the blood banks of some hospitals so that doctors would have something to fall on in times of emergency.
The exercise started with the Suhum Hospital where about 200 units of blood was donated.
Addressing the congregation later, the Ashanti Regional Co-ordinator of the National Road Safety Committee, Mr Kwaku Oware Boateng, commended the NGO for its initiatives and said his outfit was always ready to collaborate with organisations that took road safety activities seriously.
He said the road was important to erveryone, that was why activities geared towards road safety must be embraced by all.
Mr Oware-Boateng said drivers in the metropolis had a duty to exercise the greatest caution on the road as the African Cup of Nations was approaching.
Even though he did not provide statistics, the co-ordinator said accidents in the region had reduced drastically in the past year and expressed the hope that the situation would continue to improve to save lives.

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