Chalé Foundation holds health screening for New Horizon students

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Chalé Foundation holds health screening for New Horizon students

About 300 students and staff of the New Horizon Special School, a school for children with special needs have benefitted from a free health screening exercise.

They were screened for blood pressure, Body Mass Index, and Sickle Cell in Accra on Friday, October 19, 2018.

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The health screening was organised by the Chalé Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that caters for the health needs of children with disabilities.

The beneficiaries were also screened for optical and dental conditions.

The organisation provided medication for people found to have some ailments and referred special others to specialised medical institutions.


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Speaking to the media, the Communications Director of the foundation, Mr Albert Acquah, said the exercise was to create awareness and also provide primary health care for children with special needs.

“When you go to the government-funded schools, the funds to support these children is virtually non-existent. Some children need medical attention but because of funds, they are not allowed to move. So, we move in there and create that supportive platform,” he said.

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Mr Acquah called for the provision of an all-inclusive special national health policy to cater for the health needs of children with disabilities.

According to him, taking care of children with special needs comes at a high cost and there was a need for organisations in that sector to be cushioned.

“Our only major appeal is for corporate Ghana to open up and support us with funds to execute our primary mandate. By your social status or religion, if you are placed in apposition to help towards the healthcare of these kids your, we urge you to do so,” he said.