BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
AS PART of activities to render its social service to the people, the Ghana Lions Club has organised a free health screening exercise for Muslims who marked the Eid-ul-fitr celebration at the Independence Square.
The exercise, which was aimed at affording the Muslims the opportunity to examine themselves after going through the 29-day spiritual exercise to ascertain their health status, saw over 700 persons screened.
The exercise which formed part of the climax of Ramadan provided the opportunity for the Muslim celebrant to check their HIV status and to screen for hepatitis B, blood pressure, sugar level and other health conditions.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the organisers for the opportunity to have them medically examined.
According to them, the exercise came at the right time since most often they did not have the chance to go for regular checkups while others said although they were willing to go for medical checkups, financial challenges placed impediment on their way as they could not afford the cost of such medical test.
Mrs Sheila Gyamfi-Yeboah, the chairperson in charge of the club’s Eid-ul-fitr exercise, said the health screening had been going on for the past four years. She also said many people in the country did not undergo regular check-ups, making them prone to avoidable disease.
She said due to that, the club had also taken it upon itself to embark on such activities to make people aware of their health conditions.
Christopher Apawu, the incoming president of the Tema branch and a member of the planning committee, said they were going to refer those with health risk to relevant health professionals for further attention.
The organisers said they targeted at least 350 persons to benefit from the exercise but early signs of mass patronage meant the target could be exceeded.