The Member of Parliament for the Agona West Constituency in the Central Region, Lawyer Charles Obeng-Inkoom, has admonished Ghanaians, particularly his constituents, to undergo regular medical check-ups to enable them to detect diseases that they may not be aware of.
That, he said, would enable them to seek early medical care aimed at preventing serious complications that may arise in future.
He noted that every individual should at least undergo medical examination twice every year, to be examined thoroughly so that if certain diseases were detected, the required treatment would be administered.
Mr Obeng-Inkoom made the call in an interview with a section of the media on the last day of a three-day health-screening exercise he organised for the residents of Agona Nkum.
The exercise was supported by Dr Kingsley Arthur, a native of the town who brought a nine-man medical team from Germany to undertake the exercise.
In all, about 700 residents were screened with some having high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, heart trouble, skin diseases, among others after which medicines were administered to them.
The MP stated that the screening exercise was in support of the government’s efforts towards the provision of quality health care to the citizenry and to help improve their health status as well.
He added that what was disturbing was that, most of the residents were not aware of the National Health Insurance Scheme and due to that they have not registered with the scheme.
He, therefore, appealed to the residents that considering the level of poverty in the area, it would be prudent for them to register with the NHIS so that they could access medical care at all times.
Also, he urged them to be mindful of whatever they eat since most diseases were contracted as a result of some foods that we eat.
He disclosed that the health centre would soon be rehabilitated to provide quality health care to the people.
Dr Kinsley Arthur indicated that as a native of the town now based in Germany, he thought it wise to help improve the health needs of the people.
He stressed that through his NGO, Give to Eat Ghana, he had provided pipe-borne water to the Nkum AMA Basic School and Catholic Primary to prevent diseases associated with the drinking of contaminated water.
He said education of 12 children is currently being sponsored by the NGO to acquire education.
By Gilbert Mawuli Agbey/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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