Accra, The Mother-Love Hospital in Accra on Saturday organised a free health screening for about 500 residents of Apedwa and surrounding communities in the East Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region.
They were screened for health conditions and ailments including blood pressure, hypertension, blood sugar level, diabetes, eye disorders, skin diseases, Hepatitis B, prostate cancer and malaria through the Rapid Diagnostic Test among others.
The residents were educated on good eating habits while an official from the Narcotics Control Board sensitised them on the dangers of drug abuse.
Dr Nana Kwame Appiah Nkansa, the Medical Director of the Hospital, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that some of the beneficiaries had not been undertaking regular medical check-ups and that had affected their health.
He said those who had serious health complications were given referral notices for further medical attention while those with minor ailments were treated and given medication.
Dr Nkansa said medical personnel from the Hospital and other health facilities including laboratory technicians, pharmacists, dieticians, dermatologists and otolaryngologists, examined the people and offered the appropriate advice.
Mr Kwasi Nkansa, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, said the Management of the Hospital chose a rural setting to enable the rural folks, who could not afford the high medical bills, to benefit.
We believe that there are a lot of ailments that are hidden in people so the free medical screening will identify the prevalent diseases in the area so that, afterwards, the Health Directorate will follow up and address them, he said.
Nana Boafo Oworae Antwi Kokroko II, Kontihene of Apedwa, commended the organisers for showing love towards the members of the community.
He asked individuals and philanthropic organisations to emulate the shining example of the Hospital and support the underprivileged in the society.
Nana Kokroko said cases of malaria, diabetes and knee pains were prevalent and that most residents did not have financial resources to seek medical treatment, while the only health centre lacked medicines to treat patients.
Therefore, he said, residents in the area travelled long distances to Kyebi, Suhum and Asafo for medical care at a higher cost and appealed to the Government to come to their aid.
Thirty-eight-year old Emelia Boadi, who was a beneficiary, said she had been experiencing waist pains and expressed optimism that the medicine given her would ameliorate the problem.
Madam Victoria Ohemeng, 65, another beneficiary, said the medical team checked her blood pressure and told her the pressure had gone up and was given some medication.
Madam Comfort Asiamah, 64, who also benefitted, indicated that she often experienced severe headache and fast heartbeat, and expressed the hope that the medication would cure her.
The exercise was organised in honour of the Late Mrs Margaret Nkansa, co-founder of the Hospital, who hailed from Apedwa, to mark the Fifth Anniversary of her demise and acknowledge her contributions and meritorious service to humanity.
The exercise, the second by the Hospital, was funded by SKYMED (gloves and disposable), MAYS SURGICAL, TIM-ASAMOAH Metal Engineering, Standard Specialist Clinic and Renie Chemist Ltd.
It was partnered by the Narcotics Control Board, the Ghana News Agency, UTV, TV3, Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times.
Source: Ghana News Agency