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Onuapa Foundation organises medical screening for 150 elderly people

BY: Yakubu Abdul-Jalil
Dr George Afful (right) screaning some senior citizens at Abose-Akuapem
Dr George Afful (right) screaning some senior citizens at Abose-Akuapem

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) that advocates better care for the elderly, Onua Pa Foundation, has organised a health-screening exercise for 150 elderly people at Abonse-Akuapem, near Aseseeso in the Eastern Region.

The beneficiaries, mostly in their late 60s, drawn from Abonse and Gyankwakye, were screened for hypertension and diabetes.

The medical team, which undertook the exercise, was made up of volunteers from the Trust Hospital, Accra; Tetteh  Quashie  Hospital,Mampong; and other institutions of the Ghana Health Service.

Maintaining good health

At the event, a medical officer, Dr George Afful, underscored the need for the public to maintain their health in their youthful stage for a longer lifespan.

According to him, most people seemed to be unconcerned about their health security, culminating in being afflicted by a lot of sickness later in life.

"Unfortunately, most sicknesses start from our youthful ages, yet we neglect our health security at that stage, leading to a breakdown of the body by the time we become old", he observed.

Dr Afful, therefore, urged the public to ensure regular checkups to keep the body and soul in a balanced shape.

Gratitude

The beneficiaries, for their part, expressed their gratitude to the foundation."We are most grateful to Onua Pa, especially for the health screening, because we hardly get access to health facilities due to the absence of a clinic in our community," a 75 year old woman, Madam Lydia Atei, said.

Assistance

The Chairman and Founder of the Foundation, Mr Blessed Ayisi, urged senior citizens across the country to assist one another without waiting for the government's intervention, commending its membership for assisting the elderly for the last three years.