The Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South constituency, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has organised a free medical outreach programme for residents in the area.
Hundreds of residents, including children, adults and the aged, went through various screening exercises including cerebral palsy, spondylosis, arthritis and other health challenges.
A team of Doctors of Physical Therapy(DPT) and Professors of the George Fox University in the United States who joined physiotherapy students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology gave advice on healthy living to participants on Friday, June 8.
Beneficiaries who were diagnosed with minor health problems were provided with medication, while those with complicated health problems were given referrals to the hospital for treatment.
Speaking to journalists at the event, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said despite several other challenges that exist in the constituency, the health of his constituents remained paramount hence his decision to organise the screening.
He explained: “Today’s exercise is to help constituents who have problems with the back and the spine to get assisted relief.The NGO is based in the US that come to Ghana to offer free services…so when people have dedicated themselves to come and help treat Ghanaians, there is a need for those of us in positions of responsibility to embrace them and make sure that our constituents and the citizens benefit ultimately”.
He, on behalf of his constituents, thanked the medical team for contributing to the success of the exercise.
Jeff Houck(PhD), a member of the medical team from George Fox University, told journalists in an interview that community health screening programmes were important exercises to enhance the health status of the people.
He advised the public to visit the hospital regularly for routine checkups, eat balanced diets, exercise, and have enough rest and avoid self-medication.
A similar exercise, according to the team will be held in various constituencies and institutions across the country.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Jonathan Ofori