THROUGH THE initiative of the Minister for Trade, Industry and PSD/PSI, Papa Owusu Ankomah, about 750 inhabitants of European Town, a fishing community in Sekondi in the Western region have received free medical care.
The beneficiaries were diagnosed and treated for malaria, skin diseases, typhoid fever, worm infestation and other ailments.
Medical officers and nurses from hospitals in the region assisted in the exercise.
Hon. Papa Owusu Ankomah, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area told HEALTH MATTERS that the health of the people was paramount because the country's production levels and economic buoyancy depended largely on that, hence his willingness to support the Health Workers Association of the Nation (HEWAN) project.
The project is aimed at offering free medical care and advice to the poor and underprivileged in society by ensuring that they receive quality health care at all times.
“As the MP for this constituency, I am well aware of some of the health needs of the people, hence the need to offer the necessary assistance to HEWAN,” he said.
He called on the people to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enable them access healthcare without any difficulty.
He indicated that in a typical fishing community like European Town, most of the people did not have time to attend hospital, hence the need to bring healthcare to their doorsteps.
Mr. Lawrence Amissah, Western Regional Coordinator of HEWAN who is also an Anaesthetist at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, noted that the underprivileged normally found it difficult to visit the hospitals despite the introduction of the NHIS.
HEWAN, he explained, is a voluntary health organisation across the nation that draws qualified health personnel from regional and district hospitals to embark on voluntary outreach exercises.
He said the organisation has not been able to reach out to the larger society due to financial constraints.
“European Town was chosen because the people here suffer from minor illnesses that need medical attention.”
He was grateful to the Minister for responding to HEWAN's call for support.
The next exercise by HEWAN, HEALTH MATTERS gathered, would be at Sefwi-Wiawso, also in the Western region.
From Grace Alswell Aidoo, European Town