Dabir (C/R), March 13, GNA - More than eighty aged people from Dabir in the Komenda-Edina Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality have benefited from a free health screening exercise organised by ClaLem Foundation of Ghana, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the welfare of the aged.
The Foundation also donated assorted items including food, soaps and detergents worth thousands of Ghana Cedis to the aged.
The health screening exercise was conducted by a medical team comprising physician assistants and nurses drawn from the Abrem Agona Health Centre.
Beneficiaries of the exercise were screened for hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, eye problems, malaria tests among others, and offered free medication as well as education on the importance of living healthy.
Mr Lemuel Kobina Korankye, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ClaLem Foundation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said due to the economic insecurities and some popular cultural beliefs, most aged people were neglected.
He said the Foundation’s ultimate goal was to provide safe accommodation, proper care, good health service and other basic needs for the aged and the vulnerable in the communities to improve upon their lives and bring joy to them.
He noted that the growing aged population was increasingly marginalised as the nation continued to focus its projects and programmes on the integrated maternal, newborn, child health, family planning, HIV&AIDS and girl child education, leaving out the aged who faced diverse problems.
Mr Korankye said the Foundation had plans of organising more medical outreach programmes for the aged in communities within the Central Region later this year.
Going forward, he said, the Foundation intended to build a recreational centre as well as a restaurant for the aged where they could have free meals.
He urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to facilitate passage of policies that seek to promote the welfare of the aged in the country.
Madam Joyce Abrokwa, Physician Assistant at the Abrem Agona Health Centre, commended ClaLem Foundation for the gesture, saying it will improve health care delivery in the area.
She advised residents of the area to visit the hospital regularly to check their health status.