The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) on Saturday organised free health screening for the Nungua community in Accra.
The initiative was part of efforts by the SRC to support the people within the community address key health concerns including blood pressure, hypertension, hepatitis, HIV as well as donate blood to support the National Blood Bank.
President of the SRC, Dikwal Emmanuel Maclean, explained that over the years they had organised health screening for students within campus and decided to extend it to the community to benefit the people in the area where the University resides.
“We targeted about 1000 people within the community to have access to free medical care and screening and certain it would do a lot of good to the people,” he stated.
He added that, they would sustain the activity and make it an annual event for the community as a way of giving back to society.
“I urge students and people living within the community to take their health issues very seriously by having regular checkups, exercise and eat balanced diets to keep them healthy,” he stressed.
He said he was impressed with the turn out as hundreds of people lined up for the exercise which began at 9:00 a.m. and ended at 3: 00 p.m.
Ms Matilda Gyamfi from the Ministry of Health who led the team of health practitioners added that, people must be very concerned about their health and visit health facilities regularly to know their health status.
“Most at times, people get too busy to have regularly checkups which could be very dangerous to their health in future. Efforts must be made occasionally to know your health status,” she stated.
A student at the University of Ghana, Winifred Asamoah who participated in the exercise commended the SRC for the initiative.
She urged them to continue and improve upon it in future to target a larger population adding that “everyone needs to know their health status and be sure of what to do with themselves.”
BY MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE