Health screening for Circle disaster victims

BY: Mavis Paintsil
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The Tobinco Foundation has held a free health screening exercise for persons affected by the twin flood and fire disaster that occurred in Accra on June 3.

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The foundation, which is a subsidiary of the Tobinco Group of Companies, was supported in the activity by Atinka FM, an Accra-based radio station.

The objective of the exercise was to check the affected persons for any signs of illnesses following the catastrophe.

A team of doctors and nurses from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital carried out the exercise. The attendees’ blood sugar levels were checked; they were also screened for symptoms of cholera, malaria, diabetes, pneumonia and skin diseases.

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Those who needed immediate treatment were given free drugs, while those with more serious conditions such as having eye problems, diabetes and hypertension were referred to nearby clinics or hospitals.

Rev. Mrs Vivian Agyinasare of the Perez Chapel International donated quantities of items in support of the exercise. The items included clothing, rice, cooking oil, tinned fish, tomatoes and sachets of water.

The Executive Director of Tobinco Foundation, Mrs Millicent Akoto, disclosed that the foundation had undertaken to pay the school fees for the children of some of the victims who died in the flood and fire tragedy in addition to helping to provide free skills training for the girls among them who want to study hairdressing as well as boys who want to become auto mechanics, masons, drivers and carpenters.
She expressed her appreciation to individuals and corporate bodies who have contributed to the upkeep of the victims in their difficult moments.

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Appeal for drain

A number of those who attended the health screening exercise expressed their appreciation to the Tobinco Group of Companies for the support and sent an appeal to the government to endeavour to dredge the Odaw River in the area around the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in order to prevent a similar disaster from happening in the future.