HEALTH SCREENING FOR COMMUNITIES
In the heat of the ongoing strike by the Ghana Medical
Association (GMA), residents of Ejisu Municipality in
Ashanti had an opportunity to benefit from a free
medical outreach program.
About 300 men, women and children in the local
communities received attention for minor medical cases
and also accessed some pharmaceutical products.
The health support program was initiated by the Yaa
Asantewaa Rural Bank in collaboration with the Ejisu
Traditional Council, to commemorate the 2013 May Day.
Specialists from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and
Ejisu Government Hospital were present to offer checks
for diabetics, cholesterol level, breast cancer, blood
pressure, sight, among other ailments.
According to Dr. Frank Nketia-Boakye, who led the
medical team, about 15 percent of the adult population
screened suffered chronic diseases – hypertension and
He observed that most patients were unaware of their
conditions because “people don’t usually undergo regular
medical screening as part of our culture”.
He has, however, called for a change in the practice,
emphasizing that quarterly check-up for medical status
would promote good health.
The May Day event included sporting activities,
targeting corporate institutions, professional bodies
and the working populace within the Ejisu Municipality.
It kicked off with a health walk involving the
Ejisumanhene, Oguakro Afranie Okesse IV, Municipal Chief
Executive, Municipal Police Commander and other heads of
The theme was: “Healthy Living; a Key to Financial
Board Chairman of Yaa Asantewaa Rural Bank, Samuel Otoo,
emphasized the bank’s focus on health and sports as part
of its corporate social responsibility projects to
contribute towards the upliftment and development of the
“We need to impact on society no matter how many years
we’ve been in existence; it depends on the vision and
the goals that you want to achieve”, he stated. “We
believe that when the people in the catchment area are
healthy, they’ll spend much less on medical bills, and
also; they’ll be able to focus on their savings, to
improve their lives”.
The objective of the events, Mr. Otoo noted, is to build
a healthy workforce as well as offer a platform for
socialization for good community living.
The Yaa Asantewaa Rural bank plans to undertake regular
health screening exercises to keep the local communities
in good health.