New eye clinic to set standard WGGA Specialized Vision, an ultra modern ophthalmological clinic with a noble cause sets to open its doors this month to cater to Addis Ababa’s and Ethiopia’s vast number of eye problems.
The center, founded with 15 million birr capital, was named “WGGA” to symbolize the initials of the four owners and for the Amharic translation of ‘price’, as it promises the treatment offered to its patients will be affordable.
The four shareholders of the company are Doctor Adam Waksor, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Geisinger Medical center in Pennsylvania, U.S., Melaku Game, a hematologist at the royal Alexandria hospital, Cross Cancer Center Institute, and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Canada. Doctor Haregua Getu, an internist with a large family practice in Toronto, Canada and Sharon Ashton, an investment banker who worked for 30 years with UBS Bank (Canada) as head of their trading and asset management division.
All four are senior members of the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENHAPA), a volunteer Diaspora organization committed to helping the development of medical infrastructure in Ethiopia.
Dr. Melaku Game, General Manager of WGGA medical services Private limited company, the mother company of the clinic founded in June 2011, said the clinic will give ophthalmological services from diagnostics to surgery in addition to dispensing eye glasses.
Eye defects such as glaucoma and cataract which leads to blindness, as well as stigmatisms and the more difficult retina surgery are expected to be provided by the clinic.
However WGGA insists that apart from giving treatment to eye patients it will provide continuous, professional skill development to local health professionals to enhance their local capacity, in order to serve the society better and even compete with neighboring countries facilities. These services in addition to free consultation services will be provided at their conference hall inside the clinic.
Melaku added the new clinic doesn’t aim to compete with other establishments but rather to complement them and wants to treat patients at an affordable price that covers its operating costs with quality services.
WGGA projects that it will treat up to 70 patients daily with the ultra modern machines which originally come from Japan and German firms. It also stated that it plans to incorporate charitable services to a select group of patients free of charge, from Addis Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia.
Adam Waksor, one of the founders of the clinic said, this is just the beginning, we plan for multiple divisions of medical services in other locations, to which the details will be made official in 6-9 months.
Sharon Ashton the other co-founder stated that WGGA aims to change and control eye care and treatment standards and introduce new eye treatment technology to bring a lasting change to people’s lives.