The Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestea Huni-valley constituency, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has organized a health screening exercise for over 700 people in her area.
The move was to provide safe and proper healthcare services to the aged and other vulnerable groups with focus on women and children in remote communities to improve on their health and bring joy to them.
The exercise was in collaboration with the Rebecca Health Outreach Programme, under the Rebecca Foundation with a team comprising medical doctors, laboratory technicians, physician assistants, dentists and nurses drawn from the University of Ghana Medical School.
The two days exercise which begun on Saturday, August 31 saw residents from Aboso Bremang, Obengkrom, Besikrom and Yawkrom being diagnosed and treated for blood pressure, hypertension, blood sugar level, diabetes, Hepatitis B, and malaria among other diseases.
Beneficiaries were given free drugs to aid in the treatment of various ailments diagnosed, they were also provided with food and health education.
The MCE for the area, Mozart Owuh, addressing beneficiaries disclosed that the medical outreach initiative of the MP has covered 16 communities and treated more than 12,000 people in the constituency and hinted of plans to reach more communities.
He said, “the legislator is committed to finding solutions to the challenges facing the health sector in the constituency and she is hopeful the periodic free health screening exercise would go a long way to improve and ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all constituents to actualize the sustainable development goal 3(SDG).”
He reiterated projects and social intervention policies the MP has undertaken to improve the living standards of the constituents which include the installation of an incubator and expansion of the children's ward at the Prestea government hospital, construction of Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound at Insu-siding, Gyimakrom and Beppo-Ehyireso.
Other interventions include; donations of medical equipment to Aboso Health Centre and free registration and renewal of health insurance cards.
The MCE further disclosed that, the assembly in consultation with the MP will soon provide the people of Yawkrom and surrounding communities with a CHPS compound to serve and improve on healthcare delivery in the area.
Beneficiaries including the chief and elders of Yawkrom expressed gratitude to the MP for the gesture.
They said the exercise has come as a relief to them saying it will improve their health care needs.