By Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA
Accra, Oct. 8, GNA - The Cedar Mountain Chapel Assemblies of God Church, East Legon Branch, at the weekend organised a free health screening and medication exercise for squatters around East Legon, Okponglo and surrounding communities.
The medical outreach, which was part of the Church’s Eighth Anniversary Celebration, provided general health screening on glucose levels and health disorders including malaria, gastro enteritis, skin infections, and malnutrition for the people.
An eye screening was also organised for the squatters who were provided with free spectacles to help correct their eye defects.
Reverend Dr Stephen Yenusom Wengam, the Lead Pastor of the Church, said the exercise involved the screening of 2000 squatters.
He said the Church, apart from preaching the gospel, often organised programmes to support the needy, through which it could win more souls for Christ.
He the female members of the Church, on Mothers’ Day, distributed food items to about 550 squatters in East Legon and its surrounding communities while the males distributed 300 mosquito nets and blankets to families on Fathers’ Day.
Rev. Dr Wengam said the Church had declared 2018 a ‘Year of Kindness,’ hence the health screening and other community support activities.
Dr Nana Ama Mireku-Gyimah, a Pharmacist with the Church, told the Ghana News Agency that free medications, including antacids for stomach pain, antibiotics for infections, analgesics for pain, multivitamins and blood tonics for anaemia, and antimalarial drugs were given to the participants.
She said the health disorder that topped the list was respiratory tract infection suspected to be caused by the climate and gastro conditions, skin infections and high blood pressure.
She said the exercise targeted adults and children who had challenging health concerns.
Dr Mireku-Gyimah urged the public to be cautious with medication intake explaining that every drug was a potential poison and the manner in which one takes it would determine its efficacy.
“The best way to take care of one’s self is to eat well, exercise well, rest well and do the will of God,” she said.
Mr Abraham Aguriba, a Secretary of the Church’s Board, said the exercise formed part of the Five-year Strategic Plan of the Church, focused on recommissioning its mandate, which required members to move out and preach the gospel.
“As a church we are blessed with more than 20 medical personnel including doctors, pharmacists, nurses and lab technicians. So we decided to use that opportunity to achieve the goal of the Strategic Plan,” he said.
Mr Aguriba said the Church, last month, held a de-warming exercise for more than 1000 children, which was funded through contributions by members.
“Through the vehicle of evangelism, the Church provides various forms of support to the public by paying entry fees of cars at toll booths, fares of passengers in commercial vehicles, meals of people at restaurants, services at barbering shops, and fuel purchased at filling stations.”
“The Bible says we should reach out to people by all means possible, so whichever way we can reach out to the people, we do that.”