Lady Julia Osei Tutu, wife of the Asantehene,Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has entreated Ghanaians to take interest in undertaking regular medical check-up as a measure to get early treatment of diseases which could have been prevented had it been detected earlier.
In a brief interaction with the media as she visited Vodafone Ghana’s ‘Healthfest’ campaign organized for the residents of Bantama, in Kumasi, she also expressed her appreciation to Vodafone for the initiative to help the residents to undergo the health screening exercise.
She noted particularly that the inclusion of eye screening as part of the campaign will help address the challenge of cataract, glaucoma and other eye related diseases that worry people in some parts of the Region.
She commended Vodafone Ghana and hoped that such initiative would be seen, more to help conscientise people on their health.
The Director of External Affairs and Legal, Mr. Gayheart Mensah, said Vodafone prioritizes the needs and health of its customers, noting that for people to be more productive they need to be healthy.
He said it is for this reason among others that Vodafone embarks on a number of health campaign to bring healthcare delivery closer to people.
The ‘’Healthfest,’ he said, targets to screen over 500 residents of Bantama, and explained that it has been an ongoing project aimed at providing health care services to all manner of people especially those in deprived communities who cannot afford the cost of medical care.
He observed that the medical team on the ground will prescribe the needed medication to all those who will be screened, which will be provided for free, and also make referrals for further checks of those screened if necessary.
Dr. Steven Kofi Amankwah, of the South Patasi Hospital, who was part of the medical team at the event, noted that people wait until the last stages of their ailment before seeking medical care.
He however encouraged Ghanaians to develop and maintain a well-structured medical check plan, undertake regular exercise, maintain a healthy lifestyle while eating balanced meals to avoid getting some preventable diseases.
‘Healthfest’ is a medical outreach initiative by Vodafone Ghana which provides opportunity for people in remote and deprived communities in the country to undergo health screening for various diseases and provided with some medication, where possible.