The Ophthalmological Society of Ghana (OSG) was inaugurated in June 1990 by the then Secretary for Health, Nana Akuoko Sarpong who is also the Omanhene of Agogo Traditional Area. For many years, the Eye Unit of Presbyterian Hospital in Agogo has been a well-known eye care centre in the Ashanti Region. It was, therefore, with great delight and a lot of excitement for Nana Akuoko Sarpong to see the birth of the Ophthalmological Society of Ghana. Prof. C. O. Quarcoopome, who had just returned to the country after a year’s consultancy job with WHO, was invited to serve as the first President of OSG.
The Objectives as spelt out in the first constitution of the Society included:
a) To promote a corporate spirit among Ophthalmologists in Ghana, generally, and secure the observance of such high standards of professional conduct as will uphold the dignity of Ophthalmology profession, in particular, and medical practice, in general.
b) To encourage and help regulate the education and training of doctors and medical students desirous of becoming ophthalmologists.
c) To encourage the pursuit of research activities connected with the progress of ophthalmic knowledge.
d) To disseminate scientific and professional information by means of lectures, symposia, seminars and by whatever means available to the Society within the laws of the nation.
e) To cooperate with other ophthalmological Societies outside Ghana with the aim of upholding high standards and dignity of the profession of ophthalmology worldwide.
f) To place at the disposal of the Government and the general public the benefit of ophthalmological expertise in the prevention of blindness.
g) To give the necessary advice to MOH with regard to purchases of drugs and ophthalmic equipments for the nation.