The Amazing Grace Children’s Foundation (AGCF), a US-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has offered free health screening exercise for more than 300 residents at James Town in Accra.
The AGCF undertook the exercise in collaboration with the Paediatric Association of Ghana, with the aim of reducing maternal and infant mortality rate.
The people were screened of various diseases such as skin diseases, malaria and dental problems, while pregnant women were provided with ultra-sound services.
Those with diseases were given treatment and medication while others were referred to hospitals.
Dr (Mrs) Gloria Nimo, the Team Leader of the NGO, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said it was important for everyone to visit the hospital for check-ups, particularly women and children to compliment the efforts being made by the government to attain some of the requirements under the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs).
She stressed the importance of women and children health promotion and described it as a human rights issue, adding that, the future of every human being depended on the healthcare received at some stage of life, adding that, due to poverty, many people were not able to access quality healthcare.
Dr Mrs Nimo said their aim was to ensure quality healthcare for women and children and to make sure that a lot of people in the communities, such as Ashiaman, Ablekuma North, Ningo/Prampram, who could not afford regular check-ups were given the opportunity to do so.
She said it was also the NGO’s commitment to establish a Children’s Hospital at Prampram and the provision of boreholes, to improve the quality of maternal and ante-natal care, as well as providing routine and specialised healthcare services.
She advised would-be mothers to regularly attend antenatal and child healthcare clinics to save their unborn children.
Dr Mrs Nimo assured the country’s health authorities of the support of the NGO in its quest to solve the health problems of children.