The Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development (MICZD), Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has advised Zongo residents to regularly engage in medical check up to prevent premature death.
According to him, this would help in early detection of ailment, diagnoses and promote healthy lifestyles.
“People from Zongo communities pay more attention to their daily life activities to the neglect of their health. When we go for medical checkups regularly hidden ailments will be detected and right prescription will be given to sustain lives for us to continue carrying out with creator’s work on earth,” he said.
The Minister said this at the maiden Muslim health conference yesterday in Accra which was held on the theme “Promoting a healthy lifestyle in the perspective of the Holy Quran.”
The programme which was organised by Health Concern Ghana (HCG), a nongovernmental organisation in collaboration with MICZD seeks to promote health.
It witnessed participants from health institutions and chiefs from various Zongo communities.
Dr Abdul Hamid mentioned that it was critical for Muslims to do regular screening, have enough rest, and exercise a lot to improve and sustain their health for them to contribute immensely towards the development of the nation.
He called on Muslims to adopt healthy life style as a means of providing holistic spiritual care and pledged his outfit support to extend the programme to other regions.
“Islam is about ablution, living in a clean conducive environment therefore Muslims have to be conscious of their health to help in achieving Sustainable and Development Goals,” he added.
Mrs Mary Aboagye, the Executive Director of HCG explained that the body is a complex machine which is made up of system that helps mankind to live saying, it is important for one to know his or her health status.
She stated that the nation would save a lot if health promotion becomes keen to people than curative measures this she said the issue of non-communicable diseases and premature death would be averted.
“We cannot spend money on preventable disease like stroke, cholera, and other communicable diseases affecting us, whatever gains we get from development amounts to zero because the health of the people is the wealth of the nation,” she said.
Mrs Cythia Morrison, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection in a speech read on her behalf said cleanliness is part of faith and encouraged them to promote personal hygiene as it is a pivot for improving and maintaining healthy life style.
The Deputy Chief Dietician at the 37 Military Hospital, Hajia Hamdaratu Wumbei urged them to embrace good eating habit and asked parent to provide food that will nourish and improve the psychological well being of kids.
By Joyceline Natally Cudjoe