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Training of ophthalmologists
The inadequate numbers of ophthalmologists to provide service in the country also meant that trainers for graduate training in ophthalmology were inadequate. The Society advocated for the training of ophthalmologists overseas, so that they come back to strengthen the teaching staff. Unfortunately, just like other areas of specialisation in the medical profession, some of the doctors who went for training in ophthalmology never came back to serve their country.
The West African Postgraduate Medical College started a 2-year Training Programme leading to the Diploma in Ophthalmology (West Africa College of Surgeons) in 1993. The Fellowship training in ophthalmology, West African College of Surgeons (WACS) had already been established. The diploma training increased the numbers of qualified ophthalmology practitioners in the country. By
the end of 2005, Ghana had twenty-one doctors who have trained and qualified with the Diploma in Ophthalmology (WACS) and were practicing in nine out of the ten regions of the country.
The establishment of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons has opened up another opportunity for the training of ophthalmologists in-country.