A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Patients Friend Foundation (PFF), in collaboration with KS Pharmacy, has organised a free health screening exercise for residents of Manhean in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region.
The exercise that coincided with the grand opening of the pharmaceutical shop saw over 210 residents between the ages of 3 years and 94 years being screened for Malaria, Hepatitis B, HIV, blood sugar Level, blood pressure.
Of the 210 that were screened, 110 were women, 100 men and 25 children.
Residents also had their Body Mass Index (BMI) measured prior to receiving education on how to protect themselves against malaria, cholera and typhoid fever from medical doctors drawn from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, the Ga South Hospital and other private hospitals.
President and founder of Patients Friend Foundation, Mr Ben Ansah, said that his outfit had over the years enjoyed a good relationship with the people of Manhean and its surrounding towns and as part of their social responsibility and a way of building a tradition of community service, they decided to organise the health screening to check their health status.
In addition to fostering a stronger relationship between PFF and residents, Mr Ansah said he still had high hopes of using the event as a platform to sensitise communities on the power of prevention from diseases that could have a negative impact on their health.
“Majority of Ghanaians still have difficulty accessing basic healthcare and that must be a source of concern for us all. PFF is, therefore, on a mission to help address this issue to some extent. We hope to continue delivering on this mandate as the years come by because we owe it as a duty to this country and its people,“ he said.
While soliciting for support from corporate bodies and individuals, Mr Ansah entreated the general public to periodically go for medical check-ups in order to know their health status.
Story: Gottlieb BAAKO