Accra,- The Cedar Mountain Chapel Assemblies of God Church, East Legon branch over the weekend, organised a free health screening and medication exercise for squatters around East Legon, Okponglo and surrounding communities.
The medical outreach which was part of the celebration of the Church’s eighth anniversary, provided general health screening on glucose levels and health disorders including malaria, gastro enteritis, skin infections, and malnutrition to the public.
The exercise also included an eye screening exercise where participants were given free spectacles to support in their vision or correct their eyes.
Reverend Dr Stephen Yenusom Wengam, Lead Pastor of the Church, said the exercise involved the screening of 2000 squatters.
He said the Church often undertook programmes to extend support to the needy apart from preaching the gospel, adding that the female members of the church on Mothers’ Day distributed food items to about 550 squatters in East Legon and its surrounding communities while the males also distributed 300 mosquito nets and blankets to families on the Fathers’ Day.
Rev Dr Wengam said the Church has declared this year, ‘a year of kindness’, hence the organisation of the free health screening and other community support activities.
Dr Nana Ama Mireku-Gyimah, a pharmacist with the Chapel, told the Ghana News Agency that free medications – including antacids for stomach pain, antibiotics for infections, analgesics for pain, multivitamins and blood tonics for anemia, and antimalarial drugs- were given to the participants.
She said the disorder mostly detected were respiratory tract infections suspected to be caused by the climate conditions, gastro conditions, skin infections and high blood pressure.
She said the exercise which targets adults and children suspected to have challenging health concerns was also used by the health experts at the church to win souls for Christ.
Dr Mireku-Gyimah urged the public to be cautious with medications intake explaining that every drug was a potential poison and the manner in which one takes it would determine its efficacy.
The best way to take care of one’s self is to eat well, exercise well, rest well and do the will of God, she said.
Mr Abraham Aguriba, a Secretary of the Chapel’s Board, said the exercise was also part of the five year strategic plan of the Church focused on recommissioning its mandate which requires them to move out and preach the gospel.
He said: As a church we are blessed with over 20 medical personnel including doctors, pharmacists, nurses and lab technicians. So we decided to use that opportunity to achieve the goal of the strategic plan.
Mr Aguriba said the Church had a session of health screening and de-worming exercise for over 1000 children over a month ago adding that the exercises were funded by the church though contributions from members.
He said through the vehicle of evangelism, the Church provides various forms of support to the public by paying entry fees of cars at toll booths, fares of passengers in commercial vehicles, meals of people at restaurants, services at barbering shops, and fuel purchased at filling stations.
The Bible says we should reach out to people by all means possible so whichever way you can reach out to people, you do that, he said.
Source: Ghana News Agency