Source: Daily Graphic Ghana - Residents of La, in Accra, have benefited from a three-day free health screening exercise organised in the community. 

The residents were screened for blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, tuberculosis and eye defects. They were also given post test counselling, dewormers and free condoms.
The health screening formed part of the activities marking the annual Family Health Week celebration of the Accra-Labone Rotary Club. It was celebrated on the theme: “Healthy Families, Healthy Communities.”

The event was supported by the Ghana Health Service and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Diagnosed cases

A Public Health Nurse at the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Health Directorate, Ms Evelyn Fafali Kreponi, who led the health team for the screening project, said many cases of High Blood Pressure were detected, especially, among the elderly.

“In all, we were able to attend to 904 people, comprising 888 adults and 16 children. The diagnosis shows that 117 adults had high blood pressure. We also had 19 suspected cases of Tuberculosis and 30 cases of high blood sugar,” she said.

Ms Kreponi further stated that nine people out of the 373 that tested for HIV were positive.

According to her, all the affected persons have been advised to seek further medical treatment.

Augmenting government efforts

The President of the Accra-Labone Rotary Club, Mrs Mercy Osei-Konadu Hammah, said Rotary clubs have the core mandate to support underprivileged persons through augmenting the efforts of the government in the areas of education, health care and sanitation.

According to her, “rotary club believes that education is key to our development. Issues of self-empowerment are linked to quality health care and that it is a shared responsibility to jointly respond to the needs of our people by supporting the efforts of government.”

A former President of the club, Mrs Gifty E. Annan-Myers, said the club had mechanisms in place to monitor the progress of people who have been diagnosed with various diseases.
 


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