Monday, September 17, 2018

Equatorial Guinea National Organization of the Blind Continues to Strengthen Public Health Support

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea National Organization of the Blind (ONCIGE) continued to strengthen its public health support celebrating the organization’s 15thanniversary.

The ONCIGE, assisted by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare as well as the First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Constancia Mangue, manages the Equatorial Guinea Braille School and other visual health services. 

Equatorial Guinea recently implemented its annual national Visual Health Campaign, focused on offering free eye consultations and testing, as well as significantly reduced prices for glasses and corrective wear. 

During the last campaign in 2016, Equatorial Guinea successfully treated 679 patients, 106 of which were operated on in the country. The rest were treated in Spain in partnership with the La Arruzafa Foundation of Córdoba.

The ONCIGE 2018 Action Plan, which outlines the Campaign, will also oversee the operations related to visual health in Bata and study the effectiveness to improve the efficiency of the overall program.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides in social welfare, including health and disease education and prevention, in recent years. The Government of Equatorial Guinea has invested resources in building state-of-the-art health facilities, nutritional access programs, and educational sessions to identify and prevent diseases. Equatorial Guinea leads Africa in per capita investments in health care, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).