A medical screening exercise has been conducted for residents of Adjei Kojo, near Ashaiman, by a team of medical personnel from the New Crystal Health Services (NCHS).
More than 200 residents benefited from the exercise.
Those found to have ailments were provided with free drugs while those who had not registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) had their names recorded under the scheme at subsidised rates.
The exercise began with a talk on diabetes which was held at the auditorium of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the town.
Dr. Francis Osei Asibey, a medical officer with the NCHS educated the residents on the possible causes of diabetes and the types of treatment available.
He answered questions and advised the public to adopt a healthy life style.
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The most prevalent disease identified as afflicting the elderly was hypertension and respiratory tract infections.
A few others, from the test results, were diabetic.
Most of the children examined were found to be suffering from anaemia and malaria.
The Managing Director of the NCHS, Dr Wisdom Amegbletor, said similar health screening exercises would be embarked upon in the coming weekends in collaboration with various religious organisations.
He stressed on the need for people to take advantage of such screening exercises, saying that it helped to detect diseases.
Dr Amegbletor said New Crystal Health Services would continue to work with the community in which it operated to ensure a healthier society.
The NCHS has been holding various public engagements in the Tema and Ashiaman area where it has five hospitals, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.
By Mark-Anthony Vinorkor