OKESS students undergo health screening

A section of the students at the health education session

A section of the students at the health education session

A former President of the Ghana Medical Association(GMA), Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei has encouraged parents to invest in the health of their children, indicating that the country’s wealth is dependent on the health status of its citizens.

In that regard, he urged parents and all stakeholders, especially schools to invest in the health of students to ensure effective teaching and learning since an unhealthy student population could adversely affect academic activities.

Dr. Opoku-Adusei, who is the Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, said this when he joined Breast Cancer International (BCI) to conduct a free health screening exercise for students at the Osei Kyeretwie SHS (OKESS), in Kumasi.

Hundreds of students patronised the free health screening exercise in which the female students screened for breast cancer as part of BCI’s campaign to fight the disease.

As part of the exercise, which is part of the nationwide breast cancer screening project being undertaken in collaboration with DHL, the students were also counselled on various health issues to enhance their health consciousness.

The involvement of students, the BCI believes, would help to create more awareness in households and communities since the students would act at agents against the disease.

Interacting with the students, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, President of BCI, reminded the students about the dangers of breast cancer, and urged them to avoid eating habits that increases the chance of cancer infection.

She also urged them to encourage their female relatives to regularly undergo breast screening since early detection and treatment were key in dealing with breast cancer.

By Times Reporter

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