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16.03.2009 Health

KNUST-MSA launches free health-screening…To mark Independence Day

By Frank Mensah , Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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MEMBERS OF the Medical Students Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST-SMA) have embarked on a free health screening exercise, as part of its activities to mark the 52nd Anniversary of Ghana's independence.

About 800 members of the public were screened on Independence Day at two clinics, organised at the Kejetia Lorry Terminal and the Jubilee Park, under theme: Health Nutrition and Exercise.

With a sponsorship package worth GH¢2,300 by Coca Cola, KAK Pharmacy, Vicburns Pharmacy, Silver Pharma, Hills Pharmacy, Directorate of Metro Health Service , Ecobank, Big Daddy Restaurant Ernest Chemist, Yeboah Afihene Industries, and the Regional Co-ordinating Council, the students checked Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure embarked on consultations, and provided the free dispensing of drugs.

The Heath Officer of the Association, Mr. Bright Hayford, called on the business community to support the activities of the association, to enable them organise such clinics periodically throughout the year.

The President of the KNUST-SMA, Mr. Frederick Oduro, indicated that the association was planning activities to mark the National Health Week, during which members of the association would interact with the various communities, and deliberate on health-related issues at similar clinics, with the objective of promoting health through advocacy and social mobilisation.

According to Mr. Oduro, the association had a total membership of 800 students, comprising first to third year medical students from KNUST, and fourth to sixth year medical students at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).