A doctor attending to patients during the health screening exercise
A doctor attending to patients during the health screening exercise

Joberg Foundation organises health screening at Akyem Asafo

Joberg Foundation, the charity arm of Joberg Ghana Limited, a construction company, has organised a free health screening exercise for over 500 residents of Kotoku, a deprived community at Akyem Asafo in the Abuakwa South Municipality in the Eastern Region.

Residents of the community, including children, were screened for various ailments and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and malaria and given free medications.

Apart from the health screening, Joberg Foundation also distributed free bags of rice, cooking oil, tin tomatoes, canned mackerel and other food items to members of the community.

Season of love

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joberg Ghana Limited and Joberg Foundation, Joseph Magnus Martey Marteye, said the Foundation was set up to help the most vulnerable in society especially in the area of housing and healthcare.

So far, he said the Foundation had given out three free one-bedroom houses to vulnerable people to ensure that such people had decent places of abode

With regard to the health screening, he said Joberg Foundation normally organised it in very deprived communities across the country to support the needy with quality healthcare

“Joberg Foundation focuses on two things- providing shelter for the needy and improving healthcare for the vulnerable. We do the free health screening annually during Christmas and Easter because these are festive seasons which we must show love,” he said.

Mr Marteye said Joberg Foundation had planned to organise a similar health screening exercise and sharing of food items in a deprived community in the Savannah Region during this year’s Christmas season.

Appreciation

The Queenmother of Akyem Asafo, Nana Antwi Agyeiwaa Kodie I, lauded Joberg Foundation for bringing joy to the people of the Kotoku community.

She said most of the health screening exercises usually took place within the main Asafo Township, but this was the first time one had been held in a very deprived part of the twon.

“We are extremely excited that Joberg Foundation decided to help vulnerable people who are in dire need of help,” she said.

She appealed to the government to fix the bad roads in the community, and also upgrade the clinic in the area to a hospital status to cater for the growing population in Asafo and its adjourning areas.

For his part, the medical doctor in charge of the health screening exercise, Dr Solomon Azu, advised the people to make their healthcare a priority by going for regular medical check-ups, eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis.

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