Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Ntranoa (C/R), Sept.
23, GNA – As part of activities to mark its 60th anniversary, the Central
Region branch of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) over the weekend organised
free health screening exercise for residents of Ntranoa and surrounding
Residents in the
Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region were
screened for health conditions and ailments such as blood pressure,
hypertension, blood sugar, diabetes, eye disorders, skin diseases, Hepatitis B,
prostate cancer and malaria through the Rapid Diagnostic Test, among others.
Medical personnel from
the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Adisadel Urban Health Centre with health
personnel including laboratory technicians, pharmacists, dieticians,
dermatologists and otolaryngologists, examined the people and offered
appropriate advice to them.
The beneficiaries were
also educated on good eating habits, and sensitised on the need to exercise and
check their health status regularly.
It was supported by
Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Kingsway pharmacy and Union square Pharmacy.
Dr Justice Arthur,
Central Regional Chairman of the GMA, told the Ghana News Agency that the Association decided to undertake the
medical outreach to bring healthcare to the doorstep of deprived communities
where people could not afford medical delivery.
He said due to
poverty, many of the beneficiaries have not been undertaking regular medical
check-ups resulting in poor health of many of them.
Dr Arthur said there
were several hidden ailments in people which could be identified through
medical screening for early detection and urged people not to wait until it
gets to the terminal stage before reporting to the hospital.
“People come to the
hospital to see doctors and are sometimes very shy and afraid. By moving into
the community, people will know that we exist to seek the health of Ghanaians”
Dr Arthur said those who had serious health
conditions had been referred for further medical attention, while those with
minor ailments have been treated and given free medication.
He was worried about
the recent eating habits of Ghanaians which had contributed to the increasing
number of chronic lifestyle diseases, particularly among the youth.
“Now people are not
active, they do not exercise, they are not mindful of what they eat. People
want food which contains more sugar, salt, spices and we have a lot of people
abusing alcohol and tobacco. All these things put people a getting
non-communicable diseases” he stated
He said the country
was battling to stamp out infectious diseases and unfortunately communicable
diseases were scaling up, adding that this was a “Double Burden of Diseases” in
the health service”.
Mr Samuel Atta Mills,
Member of Parliament for the KEEA constituency, who participated in the
exercise, described it as apt and timely and commended the GMA for showing love
towards the members of the community.