The Aflao Traditional Council in the Ketu South Municipality has organised free medical screening and health education for about 300 people ahead of the Christmas celebration.
The inhabitants were screened for common chronic medical conditions such as malaria, high blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes and HIV.
The exercise, held at the Palace of Torgbui Amenya Fiti V, the Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area, was in collaboration with the Aflao-based Aborigines Medical and Health Centre, with support from the Ketu South Municipal Health Directorate.
The medical team engaged patrons on individual basis, educating them on the need to stay healthy by modifying their lifestyles and seeking early medical attention to prevent fatalities.
Madam Patience Gbedeka, 85, was grateful for the exercise saying, after her vital statistics were taken, she was given some medicines and advised to stay off alcoholic drinks.
Another beneficiary, Madam Kwasiwor Seshie, commended the organisers for the screening and requested that it should be extended to help people know their status and take steps to keep fit.
Torgbui Fiti, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said going into the Christmas celebrations he needed to ensure his people were in good health.
He said health facilities in the area could not meet the demands of the huge population in Aflao, the busiest border town in the country, hence the intervention.
“As a community, we have different kinds of people. There are some people who can go to the hospitals, there are others who cannot afford to go, there are those who have a phobia for hospitals and there are those who have sworn not to visit hospitals because of the long hours they spend there so these things are good,” he added.
Mr Oscar Akaba, the Administrator of Aborigines Medical and Health Centre, said the Centre was happy to partner the Traditional Council for the screening to help people know their health status and make the right decisions during the festive period.