Hundreds of women and children in the Bunglung electoral area which is about five kilometers from Savelugu on Friday stormed the Chief's palace to receive free health service. The exercise was conducted by the northern branch of Cuba Trained Ghanaian Association of Ghana, with the intention of extending health service to the door step of the rural folks as part of their outreach program.
A team comprising of Cuban trained Ghanaian medical doctors as well as Cuban doctors practicing in northern Ghana went to Bunglung community to offer them health talk on personal hygiene, and the need to visit hospital regularly for check-ups.
Community members were screened and given medications and others referred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) to be attended to. They also spoke about the high spate of tramadol abuse among the youth in the northern region which is destroying most youth in the country, and called on chiefs and elders to join the fight against the menace.
Pregnant women were not left out as they were advised on what to eat in order to stay healthy. They were also advised not to take drugs that are not prescribed by health professionals as it may have dire consequences. Interestingly, a woman who was pregnant with twice without knowing after a scan on her showed that she was carrying twins.
The health screening targeted women with children and children who are malnourished in the community. Speaking to the media President of the Association, Evans Nsoh said the activity is part of their social responsibility of giving back to society. The program he said will be extended to other deprived communities but called on philanthropies and individuals to support them carry out their responsibility.
The exercise was supported by Gina Phama, Obasi Pharmacy, Medicare, and Chamult pharmacy. Meanwhile the assemblyman for the area Mr. Aremeyaw Imoro called on the Savelugu district assembly to support the community to extend electricity to the only CHIPS compound in the area.
According to him, the absence of electricity at the facility makes it difficult for the preservation of drugs and other medical materials for future use, which he said is worrying. The road leading to the CHIPS compound is also in a deplorable state which the assemblyman noted is a serious challenge residents are confronted with.
By: Lilian D. Walter