An initial report directed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) demonstrates that a fourth of the tested drivers are either at an advance level of glaucoma or have extreme indications.
Out of the 259 candidates tested, 82 of them, representing to 31.7 percent, had issues with glaucoma.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the authority, Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, said the circumstance was a threat to road safety.
As indicated by Ghana Glaucoma Association figures, an expected 700,000 Ghanaians are living with glaucoma, a disfunction of the eye which has been portrayed as the second biggest reason for irreversible or serious visual impairment in the world.
Out of the number, 60,000 have officially gone forever visually impaired.
“Individuals with visual field misfortune from glaucoma might be slower to foresee and react to changes in street conditions. They may experience issues coordinating rate while switching to another lane and keeping in their paths, particularly while exploring bends,” Mr Busia said this at the opening of the new DVLA office at Tarkwa in the Western Region.
To reduce the circumstance, he said the specialist was thinking about a proposition to give testing focuses the nation over to help customers to test their eyes for glaucoma and different illnesses.
There are over 6,500 Ghanaians kicking the bucket each year from air contamination, as indicated by an exploration report by the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr Busia said the specialist was banding together with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to execute national measures on vehicle emission.
“This is an imperative and fundamental activity to decrease air pollution. The advantages of this specific coordinated effort is a commitment to the administration’s endeavors at lessening ill health and other respiratory issues, while protecting the environment,” he said.
The Tarkwa office of the DVLA, since its foundation, has worked in an independent self-contain apartment because of difficulties with framework.
The inadequate space brought about the inaccessibility of a vehicle review sound. The circumstance also made it troublesome for the workplace to lead in-yard tests and pre-trip tests on licence applicants.
In any case, with the completion of the new office for the region, the Regional Licensing Manager, Mr Emmanuel T. K. Narh, said he was idealistic that beyond the conducive atmosphere that the new office offered for work, the building would also help stretch out vehicle enlistment related exercises to the Tarkwa municipality and its environs.
The Board Chairman of DVLA, Mr Frank Davies, asked the staff to be more responsive to clients, shun apathy, delay to work and different indecencies that had the propensity of ‘plunging’ the image of the authority.
“Clients/customers, similar to those in Tarkwa and its environs, might not have the advantage of time to squander when they visit this office, which necessitates that we are energetic to their demand. We ought to recall that they are our benefits and it profits us to make them cheerful dependably,” he included.