By Kofi Ampeah-Woode
As part of the medical outreaches organized by various Army Units of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to commemorate the Ghana Army Week Celebrations, the First Battalion of Infantry (1BN) dared to organize a massive medical outreach to care for residents of Gbetsile, in the Kpone Katamanso District.
The health endeavour, which catered for about 250 patients who have various ailments, took place at the Gbetsile Park, near Michel Camp – the home of the “Dare Not” Reds – with the able supervision and participation of their Commanding Officer (CO) – Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Simeone B Nyante and his able medical team, led by Captain (Capt) Kevin Amedoh, on Thursday, 26th September, 2019.
The medical team administered professional health talks on hand washing and personal hygiene, dental health and pregnancy care, and patients whom new diagnosis of diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, were made, were counseled, given medications and urged to avail themselves for follow-up management, at the One Medical Reception Station (1MRS).
With the aim to bring medical care close to the people and in so doing, save lives, the health talk emphasized the importance of routine medical checkups and the need to seek early treatment for any form of ailment – a message which was well received by the patrons of the outreach.
Speaking to the media, Lt Col Nyante had this to say, “Gbetsile is one of the communities very close to Michel Camp, so we are extending our services to them, to also benefit from what we have, as a show of our social responsibility to them and also to commemorate the Army Week Celebrations”.
The Ghana Army, celebrates its annual Army Week from 13th to 29th September, 2019, under the theme “Providing Security for National Development” and has showcased a variety of activities for this purpose, which included a Route March, March and Shoot Contest, Tatoo and a General Parade, Clean Up Exercise, Wreath Laying Ceremony and climaxed with a Non-denominational Religious Service.