Kuapa Kokoo has provided free medical screening for 680 farmers at Sefwi Akontombra.
Their team of specialist surgeons also conducted free surgeries for 46 of the farmers. 32 of the surgeries were for hernias, 4 for breast lumps, 2 for fibroids, 4 for Hydrocoeles, 4 for Lipomas and Ganglions. 6 of the surgeries were also done on children for various conditions.
The surgeries, fully funded by Kuapa Kokoo were conducted in conjunction with the Dadieso government hospital and at the hospital.
Madam Fatima Ali, National President of Kuapa Kokoo and Mr. Samuel Adimado (Managing Director) explained in an interview that the event formed part of Kuapa Kokoo's Corporate Social Responsibility to the farmers and the community it operates in. They believe that healthy farmers will be more productive hence the medical outreach.
The Medical Team, headed by Dr. Fred Bedzrah, a Specialist Family Physician also includes two Specialist Surgeons, one Ophthalmologist, one Dentist, two Anesthesiologists, one Pharmarcist, Dispensary Technicians, Nurses and other allied health staff.
Dr. Fred Bedzrah observed that the screening has largely highlighted problems associated with non-use of Personal Protective Equipment by the farmers while working.
“Eye problems, respiratory conditions and musculoskeletal and nerve problems are rife amongst them, due possibly to their improper handling of chemicals including weedicides and insecticides”, Dr. Bedzrah explained.
He also added that Hernias are a common occupational hazard for the farmers due to improper lifting techniques they employ in their work.
He said the team will increase awareness on these conditions and also increase farmer participation in cooperative issues.3 days
About Kuapa Kokoo
Kuapa Kokoo is Ghana's pioneer and the leading producer of ethical cocoa beans. Established in 1993 with 2000 farmers, KKFU currently has over 100,000 registered farmers across Ghana. KKFU has various certifications including FairTrade, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance.
KKFU seeks to become a leading, caring, efficient and the most globally recognised cooperative in cocoa production and marketing in Ghana.