About 800 people, made up of all age groups, were treated for minor medical conditions under the programme, organised by the Cuban Trained Ghanaian Professionals, a non-governmental organisation.
The medical package included eye-screening, screening for diabetes and deworming.
The team lectured the people on hygiene, disease prevention and, in particular, how to prevent cholera,
The Cuban trained professionals have has been undertaking annual medical outreach programmes as its way of providing service for humanity, especially in underprivileged communities, and that informed the association’s decision to select Afienya for this year’s free medical exercise.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the exercise, the leader of the medical team, Dr Kofi Amedi, said the exercise was in line with the group’s objective to reach out to the deprived.
He said most patients were unaware of their health conditions because “people did not usually undergo regular medical screening as part of our culture”.
Dr Amedi noted that when the people of the catchment area were healthy, they would spend much less on medical bills and thus be able to save some money to improve their lives.
The objective of the event, he noted, was to build a healthy workforce and offer a platform for socialisation for good community living.
He called for a change in people’s habits, emphasising that quarterly check-ups for medical status would promote good health.
Story & Picture: Dominic Moses Awiah