SOME 5000 RURAL dwellers in the Kintampo municipality have benefited from a free medical screening organized by the College of Health And Well-Being, Kintampo in collaboration with the School of Medicine, University of Utah, USA.
The event which was under the theme, â€śStrengthening the health system of Ghana through capacity building of physician assistants and biomedical scientists,â€ť was part of the collegeâ€™s corporate social responsibility to provide a free medical outreach services for the people within its catchment area.
Some of the beneficiary communities were Kadelso, Benkrom, Abodwesekrom, Alhassankrom as well as the host community Kurawura Kura.
The screening involved the deworming of school children, weight management and promotion of health lifestyles with support from Tobinco Pharmacy, Ernest Chemist and the Kintampo Municipal Hospital.
The cases screened ranged from hypertension, diabetes, skin disorders, oral health problems and malaria whilst surgical conditions were referred for appropriate management.
The outreach was expected to help the team to know the disease burden of the beneficiary communities in order to make necessary interventions to meet their health needs. Â
In an address, the Director of the college, Dr Emmanuel Teye Adjase, said its prime aim was to promote health. It had therefore chosen Kurawura Kura as a model community where others could come and learn from adding, â€śYou can be a model community when you have good health and that is why we are bringing health closer to your door steps.â€ť
He described the community as progressive in developmental and health issues to the extent that the people were able to mobilize adequate resources to construct a health post.
He said after the communityâ€™s entry processes had been done they realized the community had oral health and immunization problems hence the exercise to address their various health needs.
Nadia Miniclier, Director of Clinical Evaluation, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah who led a 35-member team from the US, said that for the past six years the two institutions had been able to bring continuous medical education to many communities in Ghana.
She said she was excited last year when Dr Adjase discussed the medical outreach services to remote communities in the municipality with her.
Â FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Kintampo