Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Sirigu (U/E) Feb. 19, GNA – Aide á la Vulnèrabillitè, a charity-based health organization operating in the Upper East Region has organised medical screening babies in the Mother of Mercy Babies Home at Sirigu, in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Region.
The organisation, which is made up of various health professionals, render free health care services and donate items to the vulnerable within the Upper East Region through contributions received from members of the public.
Mr Charles Lwanga Moandiyiem Tabase, Chairman of the group told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that the exercise was the group’s Valentine’s gift to the babies.
He said members of the group assessed the vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration and weight) of the babies, and screened them for malaria, checked their haemoglobin levels, and conducted general body examination including Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) examination on them.
He said members of the group used the opportunity to educate caregivers on the causes, prevention and effects of meningitis and the need to avoid contracting the disease.
The Chairman, who is a Tutor at the Zuarungu Nursing Training College (ZNTC) disclosed that the group, as part of the exercise, presented quantities of supplementary feed (lactogen), detergents to caregivers to assist in the upkeep of the babies.
Mr James Tobiga Naabil, the Builsa South District Director of Health Services and a lead member of the group, told the GNA that group members were giving back to society.
“We do not have money, but we have the skills and the expertise, so we want to share that with the vulnerable,” he added.
He expressed gratitude to members of the public who supported them with funds, and appealed to colleague health professionals who “buy into our philanthropic” activities, to join them to give back to society.
Reverend Sister Delphina Zoomie, the Sister in Charge of the Mother of Mercy Babies Home, expressed gratitude and appreciation to members of the group for the love and concern shown to them. “We are so grateful and we pray that the Lord Almighty will reward you abundantly.”
She said the gesture would improve the health care of the children. “Psychologically, we are healed, and once we are healed and we are sound, we can also take care of these vulnerable children.”
The group, together with its Patron, Reverend Father Paul Kapochina, the Diocesan Administrator at the Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Minor Basilica in Navrongo, last year organised a similar exercise for inmates of the Navrongo Central Prisons as part of its mandate to serve the vulnerable.