30 July 2012

Ghana: Farmers Urged to Go for Medical Checkups

Tamale — People living in rural communities, especially farmers, have been advised to go for periodic medical check-ups to prevent them from avoidable deaths and other ailments.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for East Gonja in the Northern Region, Alhassan Mumuni gave the advice at a three day medical screening exercise, organized for the local farmers by one Fuseini Wumbei, a native of the area and Chief Executive Officer of Mawums Limited.

In all about 3,000 farmers in the East Gonja District were given free medical screening to ascertain whether or not they are medically fit for the this year's Muslim fasting period. It is believed that majority of the people in the rural areas, especially those with ulcer and other diseases mostly develop health complications or even die during the fasting.

It was against this backdrop that a team of medical practitioners were deployed by Mr. Fuseini Wumbei to carry out the exercise. Mr. Alhassan Mumuni commended the medical team and the sponsor of the screening exercise for complementing government efforts of ensuring healthy society.

The initiative, the DCE said, also sought to reduce the trauma the people go through to access healthcare service, especially when the district had a limited number of health centres and large number of inaccessible roads.

Mr. Mumuni hinted that the CEO of Mawums Limited had within the last few years lived a life worthy of emulation by other influential natives of Gonjaland. He said apart from supporting the deprived communities with boreholes and other things, Mr. Fuseini Wumbei had also started the construction of school blocks for some of the communities to promote quality education.

He was, however, confident the screening exercise would help position the farmers, especially the aged ones, to determine how and when to do certain activities to the detriment of their life. The DCE took advantage of the exercise to appeal to the conscience of the people in the East Gonja District to maintain the prevailing peace in the area, especially in the coming December polls.

He encouraged traditional, religious and opinion leaders in the district to control their members to live peacefully with one another and desist from any act of violence. He emphasized that the East Gonja District Security Committee (DISEC), which he is the Chairman, would deal drastically with any person or group of persons who would attempt to foment trouble.

Mr. Mumuni was also quick to advice the people in Salaga and the entire East Gonja District to fiercely reject any politician or political party that would base its campaign on insults and personality attacks, rather than addressing issues or talking about development.

The East Gonja District is undoubtedly one of the largest in the whole of Ghana with several resources and tourist attractions, yet it still remains one of the poorest in Ghana.

The Leader of the Medical Team, Dr. Alhassan Abdul Latif, from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, said that the screening exercise had become necessary to save the people from developing avoidable health complications.

Expressing joy for the high turnout, Dr. Latif explained that the exercise was to look out for diseases like Hepatices B and C, Diabetes, Blood Pressure (BP) and Malaria.

He indicated that those who would be tested positive to any of the targeted ailments would be given free treatment, but those with complications would be referred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

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