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Juaben residents benefit from free health care

BY: Daniel Kenu
Some residents of Juaben being screened for various ailments
Some residents of Juaben being screened for various ailments

Residents of Juaben in the Ashanti Region have benefited from a one-day free medical care exercise organised by a  California-based philanthropic foundation.

The team, ‘Mission Possible’, made up of 21 missionaries from California, Jamaica, Florida, Las Vegas and Maryland diagnosed the residents and provided treatment and medication.

People from all walks of life, some beyond the Juaben Municipality,  thronged the chief's palace where the exercise took place to access the free health care.

Some of the common diseases diagnosed were diabetes, low and high blood pressure and sight problems.

Those who needed further treatment were referred to major hospitals with financial support from the group to be channelled through local partners.

This is the second time the foundation is assisting the community.

Request

The Director of the foundation, Mrs Beverley Thompson, said the medical exercise was in response to a request from the President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso, who also doubles as the linguist for the Chief of Juaben, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, to assist the community with health service.

Mrs Thompson said the aim of the exercise was to give back to the less-privileged in the society who could not afford medical care.

She encouraged the residents to regularly visit the hospital in order to know their health status to seek treatment when needed.

Donation

Mrs Thompson announced that the foundation had made available 2,000 reading glasses to be distributed to people suffering from eye problems in the community.

Also, to prevent sexually transmitted diseases in the community, the foundation distributed free condoms to everybody.

Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso expressed appreciation to the team and expressed the hope that the relationship with the community would be sustained.