Over 200 residents in and around Zagbalun traditional area in the Kumbungu district of the northern region were screened by health personnel for Hepatitis B and HIV and AIDS.
The screening was carried under auspices of the Regent of Zagbalun Dr Jacob Yakubu Mahama as part of activities to mark the celebration of Naa Damba.
During the screening, couples were advised to adopt family measures to reduce and prevent unwarranted child birth and maternal mortality.
Speaking to Zaa News at Zagbalun, the Regent said the celebration of thi year’s Damba festival should go beyond only the dancing but include finding solutions to issues affecting the people lives.
Dr Jacob Mahama who is the Western Regional Ghana Director of Ghana Health Service promised to make free healthcare services to his people an annual affairs.
He expressed the hope that other chiefs who are professionals in different areas can adopt the same strategy to holistically address the problems confronting the north.
The Zagbalun regent said the initiative was the first in the history of the traditional area and urged the people to embrace it in subsequent years.
Dr Jacob Mahama pleaded with his people to cultivate the habit of keeping their surroundings clean to avoid sanitation related diseases.He also advised pregnant women to regularly visit health facilities around them for safe delivery. He was not happy that the youth are being carried away by foreign culture at the expense of their own culture.