Julius K. Satsi, GNA
Accra, Dec. 3, GNA –
The Elta-King Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has called on
benevolent individuals and organisations to collaborate with them in screening
the health status of the less privileged in our communities.
Mr Kingsley Agbeko, the
Programmes Director of Elta-King Foundation, made the call when the
organisation embarked on a health screening exercise and donation to the people
of Gorm, a suburb of Ada Foah in the Greater Accra Region.
undertaken over the weekend, was done in partnership with the Ghana Pentecostal
Council of Churches.
Mr Agbeko said the
call has become necessary because majority of the 900 people screened during
the exercise were diagnosed of high blood pressure (BP), high levels of sugar,
and high levels of malaria among others.
He said his
organisation often embarks on such exercises depending on when they receive
sufficient donations such as medicines, cash, used clothing and medical
equipment from benevolent members of the public, hence the call on corporate
bodies and other benevolent groups to join the effort.
He said the
Foundation embarked on the mission to screen for hepatitis B, malaria, sugar
level and eye sights to give opportunity to the less privileged with no funds
to access free medical screening and know their health status.
Mr Agbeko said they
discovered during the screening that many of the townsfolk have not visited any
health facilities for health screening for the past five to six years and that
they were mostly complaining of headache and fatigue among other symptoms.
He said it is his
intension to extend the exercise to other deprived communities in the country
adding that if they get more support, it would help to achieve their goals and
touch more lives.
The Foundation also
donated used clothing and shoes to the people, Mr Agbeko said, adding that this
would hopefully help them to celebrate the Christmas in new outfits and put
smiles on the faces of many.
Mr George Sey, a
Physician Assistant and a Member of the Elta-King Foundation, said some of the
patients came with their Blood Pressure as high as 160/90 while others came
with signs of hypertensive emergencies.
He called on the
public to attend to their medications and visit the health facilities whenever
they encounter any health challenge.
Mr David Tetteh Paa
Nii Numo, the Assemblyman for Kpono Abossey (Selorm-Agorkpo) Electoral Area,
commended the Foundation for the sacrifices they made to ensure that the
community benefited from the screening.
He called for God’s
blessings on them to enable them carry out more of such exercises in many other