A medical technician draws a blood sample to screen for glucose and cholesterol at a free health screening as part of the National Urban League's Economic Empowerment Tour in Dallas, Texas June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

More than 1,000 residents of Asante Juaben and its adjoining communities on Tuesday, received a free health screening to enable them to know their health status and seek early treatment.

The event was organized by Mission Possible, a Christian Non-governmental Organization (NGO), based in the United State of America (USA), in collaboration with the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in California, also in the USA.

They were screened for blood sugar level, blood pressure and eye infections, among others.

The free health screening was organized under the auspices of Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, a sub-chief of the Juaben Traditional Council, who is also the President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ms. Beverly Thompson, an SDA Health Care Chaplain and Team Leader of the project, told the Ghana News Agency that members of the team, who were from Marylan, North Carolina, Califonia, Florida, Las Vegas and Jamaica, had a passion to give back to Africa, their motherland, through such voluntary works.

Ms. Thompson, who is also the Founder of Mission Possible said the essence of the exercise was to bring the local people, especially the old and the aged, who were often unable to attend regular medical checks, together and offer them the opportunity to know their health status in order to seek early treatment for any ailment affecting them.

It was also to provide health counselling and food therapy that would help promote good health and wellbeing while helping them to identify problems of the eye and provide free reading glasses for the needy ones.

Ms. Thompson explained that majority of people do not know their health status, especially of blood pressure, diabetes and heart-attack and this often-had serious consequences on their health, hence the need to help such people.

She commended the chiefs and people of the Juaben traditional council and the Juaben District Police Department for the support in carrying out the event successfully and urged the public to pay attention to their health to enhance community development.

Mr. Okyere Krapa Yiadom, a Physician Assistant with the Juaben Government Hospital praised the organizers for the event and called on community members to regularly seek medical care from approved health facilities in their areas.

He also urged them to do away with religious beliefs that prevented some of them from seeking early medical care.

Reverend Frederick Brown, Senior Pastor of the SDA Church in Oakland, California thanked the leadership and people of the area for the cooperation, which ensured the success of the event.

He said similar events would be organized in Techiman, Asante Bekwai and Koforidua to offer opportunities for the people to know their health status.

Nana Dankawoso I, told the Ghana News Agency that, the event, which had been an annual affair, was part of his commitment to provide opportunities for the people in the area to improve on their welfare and health status.

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