Shalina Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, as part of its Cooperate Social Responsibility (CRS), has organised health screening exercise for traders at the Madina Market in Accra.
The exercise, which was dubbed market clinic, was aimed at educating the traders at the market on the importance of engaging in regular checkups.
The Marketing Manager for Shalina, Mr Nagaraju Galipelli in an address said the health of the traders was a priority to the company, thus the need to have such a programme .
“Most traders do not have the time to visit the hospital for routine check up and so as part of Shalina’s CSR, we decided to have regular market clinic for the traders”, he stated.
He added that the market clinic was a way of bringing the health needs of the traders closer to them.
Shalina Healthcare is a market leader in pharmaceutical products.
Traders at the market were screened for health issues such as blood pressure, diabetes, malaria, among other basic health problems.
Traders who were found with illnesses were given the needed medication, while medications that were unavailable were prescribed for them to go and buy.
Mr Galipelli said all drugs handed to the traders were free including the health screening.
“We are doing this together with our network of health workers and a group of volunteers free of charge for the traders, all drugs are free and are products of Shalina”, he said
Awarded the most ‘Promising Company of the year’ at the 2021 Pharma summit and awards, Mr Galipelli said they will be visiting the new Onion Market at Agyen Kotoku to provide same services to the traders there, then ‘’we would move to Kumasi and Tamale to also attend to the health needs of the traders as well’’, he added.
He also advised traders not wait till they are ill before visiting the clinic but incorporate regular check up in their monthly activities.
“It is important to know how your system works and this can only be known under regular checkup, therefore, one does not need to be severely sick before visiting the hospital, but once in a month, check up is required and necessary in the life of every human”, he said.