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19.04.2004 Regional News

Caring Hearts gives free medical service on Easter Friday

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Tweapease (E/R), April 19, GNA- Five communities in the Birim North District in the Eastern Region were on Easter Friday, offered free medical treatment by Caring Hearts, a non-governmental organization. The communities were New Abirem, Tweapease, Amuana, Praso, Nkwarteng and Amuana Praso.

Thirteen first and final year medical students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Medical Sciences with support from nurses drawn from the district health directorate were on hand to offer free consultation and treatment to patients who converged at the various service points.

Some of the cases that were either treated or referred to the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital included diabetes, hypertension, urinary obstruction and blurred vision.

Speaking to newsmen at Tweapease near New Abirem, Madam Esther Obeng Dapaah, Director of Caring Hearts said, even though she had lived in Britain for years, she came from a rural area and was therefore aware of the numerous problems confronting the people including medical care. Madam Dapaah said what motivated her most was that not quiet long ago, she visited her home town Nkwarteng where she learnt that a citizen who was sick and travelled to Koforidua on two occasions returned home without seeing a doctor because of the large number of patients.

According to Madam Dapaa, the woman's incident touched her heart so much that, she started talking to people about a way out to assist her kinsfolk.

She was very grateful to the managements of M & G Pharmaceuticals who offered drugs worth about one million cedis for the programme in addition to what she personally bought worth about five million cedis. Madam Dapaah said because of the overwhelming response of the people she planned to organise a similar programme every six weeks depending on the support she received from donors.

Talking to the press at the end of the programme, Ishmael Opare Henaku, Patrick Maison and Michael Adams Salkisu said they were all members of the Christian Mission Resource Foundation and Christian Medical Fellowship at KNUST and had been offering similar voluntary services in the past.

They said the satisfaction and joy they derived was to see the vulnerable in the society being helped.

On behalf of their colleagues, they pledged their preparedness to offer their services anywhere that they might be needed.