Alive Health Check, a newly-created module under the Ghana Youth Employment Entrepreneurship Development Agency (GYEEDA), has so far engaged about 1,700 senior high school graduates who were hitherto jobless.
Fred Frimpong, National Coordinator of Alive Health Check, an initiative of Alive Pharmacy, who disclosed this to CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE in an interview recently at the Tema Station in Accra and ‘Mpehuasem’, a community near Legon, said the module intends to engage more graduates to reduce the high graduate unemployment levels in the country. By the close of this year, it expects to engage about 20,000 graduates.
According to him, the screening exercise would be extended to all regions of the country in the coming months and therefore there was hope that a good number of Ghanaians, if not all, will be screened.
For the first quarter of this year, the module has screened over 60,000 residents in Greater Accra.
Mr Frimpong stated that so far 200 screening points had been set up in all the 30 districts in Greater Accra region since the pilot programme began in January this year.
He said the graduates engaged under Alive Health Check could be trained and resourced with medical equipment to offer basic health checks to the public for free.
Apart from that, they will provide health education by sensitizing the public to adopt healthy lifestyle practices that prolong their lives.
‘The objective of Alive Health Check is to create youth employment, sensitize Ghanaians to be conscious of their health status and also bring basic health care services to the doorsteps of every Ghanaian.
‘The module is in fulfillment of Government’s commitment to provide free health care service to all Ghanaians in order to strengthen the human resource base for maximum development.’
He further explained that currently beneficiaries had been stationed at markets, lorry parks, the ministries and banks, among other places, ‘where people are screened freely for blood pressure, sugar level and also body mass index.’
Patronage of the services by the public has been very encouraging, especially by the aged which has resulted in the extension of closing hours from 4pm to 6 pm.
‘Old men and women at places such as Asylum Down, Nima and Maamobi use our service points to check their pressure and sugar levels every other day and we believe this is helping them to cut down on things that are not good for their health.’
Due to the high demand, Alive health Check has also introduced the screening of malaria on its list of services.
The module is also expected to add the screening of other diseases such as Hepatitis B in the near future.
By Samuel Boadi