‘The gods are not to blame’ – Klefe natives told

Adaklu-Helekpe (VR), 09 June, GNA – Dr Prudence Mwini-Nyaledzigbor, the Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), has absolved the gods of Klefe from blame for being behind the ‘strange deaths’ in the farming community.

She said the cases of people dropping dead on their farms weekly were not as a result of a curse from the gods but due to hypertension.

Dr. Mwini-Nyaledzigbor said a good number of the youth and adult population in the community were hypertensive and debunked notions in town that the gods were angry and killing them on their farms.

She was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a health outreach at Adaklu-Helekpe, by UHAS, with support from Hope for the Future Generation, a non-governmental health organisation.

The outreach was to screen and treat people in the community and also offer opportunity to students of the University to put their theoretical lessons into practice.

Dr. Mwini-Nyaledzigbor said the opinion leaders of Klefe invited the University to screen the natives following reports of people dropping dead weekly on their farms and they found out that quite a number of people in the community were walking about with ‘abnormal’ high blood levels.

She said a few people in the community had to be rushed to the Volta Regional Hospital for quick attention and cautioned against alcoholism and other careless lifestyles.

Dr Koame Majeste, a Medical Officer at the UHAS, described hypertension and diabetics as silent killers and advised the populace to exercise regularly.

At Adaklu-Helekpe, more than 300 people were screened and treated of different kinds of ailments.

Ms Rita Lodonu, the Regional Coordinator, HFFG, took the participants through how to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease, cholera, proper hand washing and how to wear male and female condoms.

Mr Emmanuel Nuworzah, the Programmes Officer, HFFG, said there were still some Ebola cases in the sub-region and warned against indiscriminate lifestyles.


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