Agbogbloshie residents receive free medical care
Beneficiaries of the exercise were also given free medication after they had been screened for malaria, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.
The President of the group, Dr Adjei Sowah, explained that the exercise was part of activities marking the group’s 30th anniversary.
He said having practised medicine for the past 30 years, the members of the year group deemed it fit to make further contribution to society by giving free health care to the people of Agbogbloshie.
Dr Amanda Sackey, the organiser of the health-screening exercise, added that the beneficiaries were also educated on healthy living.
Dr Sackey urged Ghanaians to live healthy lifestyles by eating more vegetables and fruits and avoiding the intake of fatty and oily foods.
She also encouraged regular check-ups and exercising to keep the body healthy.
Currently, she said, most children were gaining excessive weight, and cautioned parents to ensure good diet for their children to forestall that development.
Dr Sackey explained that obesity in children needed to be controlled to avoid a future generation of diabetic patients.
‘Obesity causes diabetes which also causes blindness, amputation and kidney failure,’ she explained.
She said cardiovascular diseases were life-time diseases which could only be managed by the intake of medicines and, therefore, advised patients of those diseases to continuously take their medicines as prescribed by their doctors.
With malaria continuing to be a big headache across the country, Dr Sackey urged communities to prevent the disease by keeping their surroundings clean.
Meanwhile, the group has inaugurated an e-learning facility valued at $150,000 for the University of Ghana Medical School.
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