……. but STD cases increasing in Tema

Madam Mary Ocran (right) being examined by a nurse.The National Chairperson of the Public Health Nurses Group, Ms. Veronica Preko, has expressed concern about the increasing cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Tema and surrounding areas.

She mentioned HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, candidiasis, hepatitis A, B, C and triponomiasis as some of the STDs that were treated at the Tema General Hospital.

Ms. Preko was speaking at a free healthcare screening exercise, organised by the Member of Parliament for Tema Central Constituency, Kofi Brako for more than 1,000 residents of the area.

About 50 nurses and doctors from the Tema General Hospital and Crystal Hospital were on hand to execute the programme. They screened the residents for malaria, blood sugar, hypertension and hepatitis ‘B’ and HIV, while others had their breasts, teeth, eyes, ears, noses and throats examined and received free drugs.

The group distributed 50 medicated spectacles to those with sight and reading problems free of charge, and some cases were referred to the appropriate health facilities.

Mr. Brako thanked the pharmaceutical companies and medical personnel for supporting the exercise.

One of the beneficiaries, Mary Ocran, 68, expressed gratitude to Mr. Brako for his continued support for the needy.


From Godfred B. Gibbah, Tema

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