The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has unveiled plans to construct a 300-meter walkway facility with handrails to enhance the mobility and safety of visually impaired patients visiting the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
This initiative aims to provide easier access to the Hospital’s eye care center and will include tactile paving and adequate lighting to cater to the needs of visually impaired individuals.
The decision to undertake this road safety enhancement project follows a request from George Lutterodt, also known as Counsellor Lutterodt, a Radiologist at the eye care center, to redesign the existing walkway facility to better serve its users.
Madam Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, CEO of AMA, made the announcement after conducting an inspection tour of the current facility to assess the challenges faced by patients.
She emphasized the importance of creating an inclusive environment where all individuals can access essential healthcare services without hindrance.
The project is scheduled to commence in the coming months and will receive support from international partners and local stakeholders for its completion. Madam Sackey highlighted that the walkway initiative is part of a broader agenda to foster a more equitable society.
She urged drivers and motorcyclists to exercise caution to prevent potential risks associated with speeding within the hospital premises, emphasizing the danger it poses to pedestrians, patients, healthcare workers, and other road users.
Mr. George Lutterodt expressed gratitude to the Mayor for her commitment to addressing the challenges faced by patients, highlighting the dangers posed by the current pedestrian crossing situation and the need for a safer walkway.
The Korle-Bu Eye Centre, also known as the “Lions International Eye Centre,” serves as a modern specialist eye facility and a West African Regional Surgical Training Facility. It features state-of-the-art equipment and services, including theatres, wards, treatment rooms, and an optical shop providing optometry services and spectacles.