Over 700 children in the Kumasi Metropolis have benefitted from free health screening exercise by pediatricians at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
This was organized by the Pediatric Society of Ghana with support from Little Steps Foundation, Golden Bean Hotel and Luv FM, a radio station in Kumasi, which is part of the Multimedia Group of Companies.
The children including babies were thoroughly examined for malnutrition, kidney, ear, nose, throat (ENT) and dental diseases.
Their mothers also did not only have their breasts screened but underwent ultrasound scanning.
Dr. John Adabie Appiah, Critical Care Specialist at the Pediatric Unit of the nation’s second largest referral facility, said the goal was to ensure early diagnosis and treatment of any hidden diseases the children might be carrying.
The exercise, which was dubbed “Health child fair”, he said, was their contribution to the effort at bringing quality healthcare closer to everybody.
He encouraged parents to prioritize the health of children because they were precious assets.
Dr. Adabie asked that they took them regularly to the hospital for checkups – to make sure that they were in good health.
Alongside the screening, the children had the opportunity to engage in fun games – face painting, merry-go-round, bouncy castle and trampoline.