11.05.2005 Regional News

School children benefit from medical outreach programme

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Tamale, May 11, GNA - More than 700 school children in the Tamale metropolis are undergoing a three-day general health screening exercise as part of activities to mark this year's Child Health Week The Northern Regional branch of the Paediatric Society of Ghana organised the medical outreach programme with sponsorship from the Christian Children Fund of Canada (CCFC), the Regional Directorate of Health, Gokals Pharmaceuticals and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The school children are being screened for oral health diseases, eye problems and some clinical diseases that inhibit the normal growth of children.
Some of the children who were found to be lacking certain vitamins, would be given vitamin supplements, whiles others with eye problems and other related health issues would also be examined and treated. Mr. Felix Logah, Organising Secretary of the Society said the screening exercise was also meant to help identify conditions that might constitute a threat to the lives of the children especially those in the lower primary.
He noted that the programme aimed at promoting the acquisition and dissemination of information about children to see how best community members could help reduce ailments associated with children. It would be repeated twice every year to bring the health needs of children in the metropolis to an appreciable level, he added.

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