By Razak Baba
Over one thousand residents of Akwatia Line and Tafo Zongo in the Greater Kumasi area of the Ashanti Region have benefited from a free health screening under the auspices of Muslim Health Workers Association of Ghana.
The event funded by Alhaji Yusif Ibrahim Foundation served as advocacy for adults to avail themselves for annual health checks.
A team of doctors and healthcare practitioners were on hand to screen residents of Akwatia Line and Tafo Zongo in the Greater Kumasi area for various ailments.
The Ashanti Regional branch of Muslim health professionals in Ghana mostly drawn from the Komfo Anokye Teaching and KNUST Hospitals diagnosed and provided medication for ailments such as hepatitis B, Sexually Transmitted Infections, malaria, hypertension, and worm infestation.
Those whose cases were found to be serious were referred to the hospital for further examination and treatment. Medicines worth ¢20,000 were given to those who needed treatment free of charge in addition to counselling on healthy lifestyles.
A resident of Akwatia Line, Madam Raabiatu Ismail, who benefitted from the screening expressed appreciation to the Muslim Health Workers Association of Ghana for conducting the exercise.
The Women’s Commissioner for Association, Hajia Ajaratu Lampinley, who is also a Principal Health Tutor at the Kumasi Nursing and Midwifery Training School said a sick and ill-health population negatively affects productivity and nation-building and urged Ghanaians to make regular medical check-ups an obligation.
Hajia Ajaratu Lampinley gave account of terrible situation of one of the patients and called for frequent support for the needy and the poor.