Prestea (W/R) Oct 19, GNA - A team of 20 medical professionals from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at the weekend offered ten hours free medical care to residents of Prestea in the Western Region. The team, headed by Dr (Mrs) Roseline Doe a Medical Officer treated over 1,500 people afflicted with various ailments and de-wormed over 1,000 children to climax a four-day power-packed evangelistic crusade jointly organised by Harvest Chapel International (HCI), Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry (CEM) and Covenant Family Community Church (CFCC) The Crusade, on the general theme, "Jesus Is The Answer," focused on the salvation of mankind, miraculous encounters, as well as meeting physical needs of the people through the provision of free clothing to over 3,000 people.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Prestea, Dr. Doe said three deprived patients who needed a specialist's attention had been referred to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for medical attention. She said the churches have agreed to pay for all expenses for the treatment of the three patients, including their transportation, hospitalisation, treatment and other monetary requirements. The Medical Officer expressed concern about the high rate of chest infections, skin disease, malaria and hypertension in the area and advised the residents to seek early medical attention at health centres. Most health complications are compounded by delay in seeking medical treatment, due to poverty she acknowledged. Dr Doe also advised patients to adhere to medical directives, complete medications, report back to the medical officer any abnormal observations.
The Medical Officer commended LETAP Pharmaceuticals Limited, Arton Drugs and M&G Pharmaceuticals for supporting the programme. The Revered Steve Mensah CEM head Pastor also in an interview with "Rather, it is to serve the material needs of the people and it was time for people to disabuse their minds that Christianity of today was a moneymaking venture."
"We believe in and practice miraculous healing through the super natural power of the Lord Jesus Christ manifested through the Holy Ghost, but we also know and acknowledge the role as well as the usage of medicine in treatment of ailment," he stated. He explained that the medical mission also serves as the churches social obligation to the communities.
Speaking on State and Church relationship, Rev. Mensah supported by his twin brother, Rev Stanley Mensah called for collaboration between the church and the state for development of the country. "We all have a common agenda for the welfare of mankind, although we approach it from a different perspective there is the need for a convergence to accelerate development and growth," he stated. He urged the state to recognise the role of churches in national development, create a platform for constant consultation and interaction between the state leadership and religious leadership. 19 Oct. 05 =