By Gifty Amofa, GNA
Accra, Jan. 21, GNA - The Ghana Association for Medical Aid (GAMA) over the weekend gave free medical screening to the SOS Children’s Village, Tema in the Greater Accra Region.
It was done in collaboration with volunteers from the Uriel Impact Generations, United States of America (USA) and the Caribbean.
The 112 children, 22 caregivers, children from two orphanages and staff of the village were not only screened but also given medication for three to six months.
Dr Andrew Baddoo, a kidney specialist and Head of the team, said the initiative was as a result Africans both home and abroad not getting medical care because of money or lack of knowledge of where to access it.
Their medical conditions then deteriorate at the point where it becomes difficult for medical doctors to find solutions to their concerns, he said.
A free medical clinic was set-up, where people could go and get care, after a fundraising exercise in the USA, he said.
Dr Baddoo said the team, made up of eye specialists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, otolaryngology/allergy, family medicine, among others to find a way of helping such people get care on time.
He said it was the second time the team has worked in Ghana, saying, the four-day outreach would be extended to Ashaiman, Dodowa and Aburi in the Greater Accra and Eastern regions, respectively.
“We will be treating diseases such as Malaria, Asthma, Acute Infections, Hay Fever, Cardiovascular diseases, Sinus problems, Hypercholesterolemia, Diabetes, hearing impairment, vision problems, Hypertension, Mental health issues and ensure general wellness,” Dr Baddoo said.
He said eye glasses would be given to patients when necessary, stressing that the programme, which he hoped became an annual affair, would get surgeons for cataract patients on the next outreach.
The team, he said would also work with other hospitals so that they could make follow-ups on patients.
He called on the public, organisations and the government to support the effort to make the programme bigger and better.
The Head of the team said prevention is better than cure in all ailments, adding that it is difficult to treat a disease when worse and called on them to seek early medical care as well help prevent preventable ones.
Mr Isaac Kojo Ackon, the Village Directors, expressed joy over the gesture saying they greatly appreciated the effort and counselling sessions.