By Capt Osei-Duah, CPRO, C/COMD
In its bid to foster closer relationship and bridge the gap with the civil populace within its communities, 4 Garrison of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), has organized a free medical screening for its neighbouring communities, at the Sofoline Bus Terminal, in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.
The Medical Outreach Programme, spearheaded by the 4 Garrison Medical Reception Station (4MRS), had various stakeholders, such as the Kumasi Children’s Hospital and the Bantama branch of the National Health Insurance Scheme, coming together in partnership, to bring on board different aspects of health service to the doorsteps of the local people, on Thursday 26 September 2019.
Over 200 beneficiaries were screened for malaria, typhoid, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis B and C virus and HIV/AIDS, as there was also voluntary blood donations by some individuals, who went through thorough screening in addition to NHIS card registration and renewal.
The medical service provided by the 4 Garrison, forms part of activities lined up for the Ghana Army Week celebrations, which is under the theme “Ghana Army: Providing Security for National Development”.
The Senior Medical Officer of 4MRS – Captain (Capt) (Dr) Dominic Aganda Yam Abagre, who was the team leader, encouraged the public to adopt the habit of going for regular checkups, since early detection of diseases saves lives, as he encouraged beneficiaries and the citizenry at large, to have enough rest, in spite of their busy work schedules.
Capt Abagre also entreated the public to be health conscious and make sure they do not wait until they are sick before they visit the hospital.
Madam Felicia Azanyitugu, a beneficiary of the programme, expressed gratitude to the military high command, for the kind gesture, saying that it had offered her and her son, the opportunity to know their health status without paying for it, and called on individuals and cooperate organizations to emulate the gesture.