Human resource for eye health delivery
Ghana still has inadequate numbers of eye health professionals in the country. There is mal-distribution of the few available, such that some regions have one ophthalmologist to one million population or more.
One good thing is that many young doctors are training in ophthalmology in the two training institutions, Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals. It is hoped that as these young ones qualify, there will be more equitable distribution of ophthalmologists throughout the country.
Infrastructure, technology and consumables
Lack of equipment and consumables has been a serious problem since the National Eye Care Programme was inaugurated. Partners in eye care have been supporting the Ministry of Health by donating equipment, consumables and vehicles for outreach service delivery. In some hospitals there has been the construction of a new eye clinic or refurbishment of existing clinic by partners. Donors can only support effort of the sector ministry.
One expects the Ministry of Health to take up its rightful role in the provision of health care including eye health care to the people of Ghana. As more ophthalmologists are trained and new centres are established, the centres should be adequately and appropriately equipped and maintained for eye health service delivery.