Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu constituency in the Upper East Region, Hon. Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, has organized a health screening exercise for the people of Garu District.
The exercise was in collaboration with some Medical Doctors and Paramedical Staff from the Ghana Health Services and Quality Medical Centre, a Private owned Hospital within the Garu Constituency.
It was aimed at raising health awareness and using his position as MP to touch the lives of people in the constituency.
Residents including the aged, adults, teenagers and children from communities within the entire constituency benefitted from the exercise.
The exercise which was the first of its kind, saw residents trooping to the screening centres with a recorded attendance of over five thousand participants.
The beneficiaries were screened of various ailments including diabetes, malaria, blood pressure , eye tests, among other disease at the exercise.
Some of the beneficiaries were given free drugs during the exercise, while others with severe conditions were also referred to other health facilities within the Garu and Bawku Districts and the Regional Hospital at Bolgatanga.
Garu is one of the deprived constituencies in the country, where access to quality healthcare remained a mirage. Children, pregnant women and the elderly struggles daily to access healthcare in the few available health centres, the worse are the peasant farmers who lives outskirt.
Successive government have put up CHIPs Compounds and clinics, but the situation remained a challenged.
Again, Poor road networks couple with inadequate financial resources had deprived many residents from accessing health care and this has undoubtedly pushed some of the reaidents to resort to self help medication thereby compounding their predicament.
To this effect, Hon Akuka who has compassion for the people organized a two weeks free medical screening exercises to support those who could not afford to go to hospital for treatment and discourage them from self -medication.
He told THE REPUBLIC in an interview that, ensuring good health to his people remained a priority to him as a lawmaker and vowed to use all available resources as MP to cater for their healthcare.
The MP who is a member on the Employment and Social Welfare and Government Assurances Committees of Parliament, however urged the residents to be concerned about their health and undertake regular medical check-ups and consult health professionals, rather than engaging in self-medication.
He noted that, health was not only about taking medication, but rather, eating balanced diet, drinking clean water and keeping the environment clean to prevent the outbreak of diseases, stressing that “Our health is not only about taking medication, we need to be particular about what we eat, and drink, our environment and what we do.”
Mr Akuka also entreated the constituents who are mainly farmers to be preoccupied with the preventative health, and said the exercise would be continued to ensure good health for the people in the Garu Constituency.
The beneficiaries, who could not hide their joy over the exercise, thanked the MP for his kind gesture and wished him well in all his endeavours
They appealed for more of such programmes to help them improve on their health.
source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba