A medical staff tending to some clients during the graphic clinic screening exercise.
Over 600 people took part in this year’s annual health screening exercise by the Graphic Clinic and its partners at Adabraka in Accra last Saturday.
The exercise, which was part of Graphic Communications Group Limited’s (GCGL) corporate social responsibility, was described as the busiest and one of the best organized of the previous five exercises.
Supported by MedGraph Lab, Serepa Dental, SynLab and Gokals Optical, clients were screened for malaria, diabetes, blood sugar, blood pressure, hepatitis, eye and dental diseases, anemia and others health problems.
They also received free consultations and medication.
Although it was billed to start at 8 a.m., by 6:30 a.m. people had already shown up to take advantage of the free service.
And by 9:30 a.m., when the sugar screening ended, about 200 people had been covered.
GCGL corporate communications manager Emmanuel Adjei Arthur said the exercise was the company’s way of giving back to the people of Adabraka.
“We believe that if we are to survive as a business, the people who patronize our business and give us the peace to operate must also survive. The way to do this is to share our profits with them ensuring that they are healthy,” he said. .
Mr. Arthur added that the approach to this year’s exercise focused on preventive health care.
A volunteer doctor, Dr Rosemary Akuamoo, who was a member of the general consultation team, said she was happy for clients to open up about their condition.
As a result, she said, the team was able to refer those who needed follow-up care to the appropriate health facilities for further treatment.
She advised people with chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, to take their medications regularly, adding that “with the introduction of the health insurance policy, they can go to any health facility and receive regular treatment”.
A lab technician from the MedGraph lab, Henrietta Budu-Manuel, called the exercise very successful, saying everyone who showed up was screened.
“Any tests done were instantaneous. Once we detected anything, the doctor was on hand to advise us on what to do,” she said.
SynLab Ghana’s corporate salesperson, Enock Ofosu Nyantakyi, said he was glad the institution had joined the exercise after seeing the post.
“I’m happy to see the turnout. Being a diagnostic center, and in partnership with Clinique Graphique, we offered the necessary laboratory services,” he said.
Serepa Dental’s specialist dentist, Dr Kwame Frimpong Boateng, also said it was a good decision to come on board as it turned out that “people don’t take their oral health seriously”.
“Ideally everyone is supposed to see the dentist twice a year for a routine checkup, scaling and polishing. Being part of the exercise was a way to create that awareness and educate people about the need to take oral health seriously,” he said.
Gokals Health Options business development manager Samuel Yeboah said exercise has helped people know their eye condition early enough.
He said most patients had cataracts and glaucoma, as well as darkening of the eye, which was associated with older people.
Solomon Brako, a patron, said that as an avid reader of the Daily Graphic, he learned about the exercise from the newspaper.
“I haven’t been sick for a long time, but when I heard about the free exercise, I decided to take the opportunity to check my health as a preventive measure,” he said.
Another patron, Perpetual Tetteh, thanked GCGL for organizing the exercise, saying, “There are many people who suffer from all kinds of illnesses but do not know their condition due to financial problems. We are so grateful.