Health Aids Medicare (HAM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which is made up of doctors of different specialties, has conducted a holistic medical screening exercise for members of the Christian Pentecost Church (CPC) at Kwashieman, a suburb of Accra.
The health screening by HAM is part of free health care services rendered by its team of doctors to the marginalised in communities across the country
The Kwashieman health screening, which came off at the weekend, received a huge patronage.
Addressing the participants after the exercise, President of Health Aids Medicare, Dr Godfred Carlos Ofori, warned Ghanaians against the practice of self-medication, especially when they notice a slight headache without seeking proper medical attention.
According to him, self-medication was perilous and sometimes could worsen the health care condition of practitioners.
He, therefore, appealed to Ghanaians to prioritise their health status by going for regular check-ups to ensure that they are always in good condition.
“Most Ghanaians think it is important to stay on top of your health and conclude that checkups are for those who are evidently seen to be unwell,” he averred.
The exercise—which was undertaken by a team of medical doctors and other health practitioners with requisite skills in both preventive and curative medicines—aimed at creating awareness on curative and preventive diseases which otherwise were gaining prominence in the country.
The vision of the group is to ensure that Ghanaians within their catchment areas become conscious of their health status through consistent testing to ensure that preventable deaths are reduced to the barest minimum and to have a healthy, productive workforce.
Elaborating on the need to maintain productivity, the president of Health Aids Medicare underscored the need for employers to subscribe to a system of that nature in order to keep the health of their workers under close checks.
According to Dr Ofori, high productivity could be achieved when workers were in good health coupled with a sound mind.
He further revealed a startling report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) indicating that the causes of many deaths amongst Ghanaians were related to key health conditions establishing in the country.
He said stroke, diabetes, mellitus, hypertension among others were established as causes of untimely deaths recently for persons of all races, particularly in third world countries.
He noted that inasmuch as those diseases normally do not show any clinical symptoms, they are mostly termed, silent killers.
However, Dr Ofori pointed out that early detection of these silent killing diseases through medical screening could be helpful to avert the trend.
He also allayed the fears that knowing ones’ health status did not mean you are close to your death.
With the emergence of Health Aids Medicare coupled with its regular community health screening, Dr Ofori was hopeful that the trend would be reverted if everyone took advantage.
The medical team which operates with the motto: “Preventive Medicine, Our Priority,” specialises in blood pressure monitoring, glucose/sugar testing and counseling, malaria testing, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Scale (DASS), Hepatitis B testing/counseling and dental consult.
Other services are optometrist consult, dietician consult clinical psychologist consult and general consultation.
Against this background, the group appealed to civil society organisations to support a worthy cause to ensure the health of the underprivileged in society.
For his part, the Head Pastor of Christian Pentecost Church, Solomon Ohene Akuffo, entreated the general public to take matters of their health very critical as their Christian life, adding that “only healthy people can serve the Lord.”
According to him, the Bible in the book of John 1verse 2, which says: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Story: Prosper KWAKU SALASSY
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