Two organisations offer free health screening at Jagluu

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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

The Rotary Club of Wa, in partnership with Reach Out Africa, has organised free health screening for the residents of Jagluu community and its environs in the Wa West District.

The screening centred on Blood Pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI), Hepatitis B and C, Retinoblastoma (RB), Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS), Breast Cancer screening, and Malaria.

The benefactors also donated school sandals, exercise books, clothes, pencils and pens, and other teaching and learning materials to help improve academic activities at both the Primary and Junior High Schools.

Madam Monique Ohenewaah Nkrumah, the President of the Reach Out African, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the Community during the screening at the weekend, said her organization was aimed at reaching out to the poor and vulnerable people in the society to put smiles on their faces.

“The Organization was established two years ago by some vibrant youth, pulling resources and ideas together to support needy people.

“We do a lot of projects to support various communities when there is the need to support in any way that would be useful to the people of the Community”, Madam Nkrumah explained.

She called on the Wa West Member of Parliament and other well-meaning people in the region to join hands and work collectively in supporting the communities in need of support in any form to survive.

Dr. Aaron Babu, the leader of the health screening team noted that most of the communities had no health facilities for the people to go for healthcare services, hence, the need for benevolent organisations and individuals to extend such services to them.

“Residents in such deprived communities are struggling with some health related issues but they do not have health facilities to seek healthcare service from.

“I will use this opportunity to appeal to my colleague doctors elsewhere to see the need to come home and support despite the poor working conditions in the region”, Dr. Babu added.

Mr Alhassan Inusah Agambire, the Membership Director for Rotary Club of Wa, on behalf of the Club President, called on benevolent organisations and individuals in the region to collaborate with the club to support the needy Communities in the region.

He said the partnership with Reach Out Africa to organise the health screening formed part of the disease prevention initiative of the Rotary Club.
“This will fulfill one of Rotary’s seven focus areas, that is, Disease Prevention and Treatment” Mr Agambire stated.

Neighboring communities such as Kawu, Sole-Koraa, Nuobakyelteng, and Sommbo benefited from the gesture.

Mr Moses Baapile, the Assembly Member of the Jagluu Electoral Area thanked the benefactors for the kind gesture.

He also appealed for more support from benevolent associations and philanthropists to help ameliorate their challenges.

According to him, the Jagluu Community had no health facility, and that the people had to trek several kilometers to Wechiau or Gurungu to seek healthcare services.

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