PIX: Inj. Amos Abeka, Ashanti Regional Director of DVLA
ABOUT 14,000 DRIVERS have tested positive for cataract, Mr. Kafui Semevo, Director of Training, Testing and Licensing at the Drivers Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), has disclosed in Kumasi.
Cataract is an infection which could lead to blindness, Press1News is aware.
As a result, the Management of DVLA has introduced Phase Two of the Eye Test Reform as part of requirements for the issuance of drivers licensing to improve sight of drivers and help maintain safety on the roads.
Mr. Semevo, however, indicated that, the reform is not meant to victimize drivers on the roads but the exercise aims at helping to improve the sight of some drivers who have problems with their sight and thus help to reduce road crashes or accidents.
He disclosed that, since the beginning of the exercise in June 2022, over 14,000 drivers have been tested and the result indicated that most of them (drivers) have cartaract which can lead to blindness.
He hinted that some centres have been selected for the exercise under a DVLA and Ghana Optometrist Association
Mr. Amos Abeka, the Ashanti Regional Director of DVLA, has explained that the exercise is in conformity with 2012 Road Regulations which mandates every driver to undergo eye testing before he/she can drive.
According to him, the management of DVLA has partnered members of the Ghana Optometrist Association to ensure that effective September 1, 2022, all persons who acquire a driver’s license must go through eye test from accredited eye care centers.
Dr. Remi Ninkpe, President of Ghana Optometrist Association (GOA), said the involvement of his outfit in the exercise is to ensure the professional way of conducting eye testing for drivers.
By Kow Richardson