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05.04.2006 Diaspora News

Club donates diabetes testing equipment to Korle-Bu

By GNA

Accra, April 5, GNA - A club of Ghanaians living abroad, who are 40 years and above, has donated equipment for testing diabetes to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

The equipment, which was given to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, would serve as principal aid in awareness creation of diabetes and curb the rise in the rate of emergency diabetic cases, Mr Laud Ashitey, Financial Secretary of Ghanaians over 40 Club, said. The equipment is valued at 2,500 pounds.

He said the Club decided to contribute toward the provision of health care and support the fight against diabetes, a slow killer disease.

He said the Club, which had been in existence since 1996, hoped to continue to supply equipment to other regional hospitals across the country."

Mr Ashitey said the Club was preparing to support the provision of drugs for the treatment of the disease in the regional and district hospitals.

Dr Gladys Ashitey, Deputy Health Minister, who received the equipment, said there was the need to intensify the campaign on creating awareness of the disease.

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