Thousands screened for Hepatitis B

About 1,000 people from the Nandom District have been offered the opportunity to know their Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C status through a free health screening organised by DKM Diamond Micro-Finance Limited.

The exercise, which is been carried out in collaboration with the Nandom District Health Directorate, will ensure that persons tested positive are counseled and referred to the Nandom Hospital for treatment.

Those who will test negative will be advised to visit the hospital to vaccinate against the disease, says Mr. James Adongo, a Biomedical Scientist in charge of the Nadom Hospital Laboratory.

He said with more than 500 persons screened so far, Hepatitis C seemed to be more prevalent among the people and this situation might have been caused by the attention paid to Hepatitis B in the past.

Mr. Adongo said Hepatitis B was a silent killer in the Nandom District.

Mr. Christopher Crilly Pienaah, Manager of DKM Diamond Micro-Finance Limited, said poverty and poor health worldwide were inextricably linked and that any attempt at arresting poor health without focusing on poverty alleviation was a recipe for failure.

He said it was for that reason the DKM Diamond Micro-Finance Limited tailored its activities towards poverty alleviation which is first on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He appealed to corporate organisations to assist the Ministry of Health in its delivery of better health care services for all.

Yuorpor Maria Johana Annie, DKM Shea butter Factory Brand Manageress, said if any of the 120 women working in the factory tested positive, the company would accept the cost of treatment.

Nandom, (U/W), Sept. 8, (Kuorsoh), GNA – About 1,000 people from the Nandom District of the Upper West Region have been offered the opportunity to know their Hepatitis B and C status through a free health screening organised by DKM Diamond Micro-Finance Limited.

The exercise which is been carried out in collaboration with the Nandom District Health Directorate will ensure that persons tested positive are counseled and referred to the Nandom Hospital for treatment.

Those who will test negative will equally be advised to visit the hospital to vaccinate against the disease, says Mr. James Adongo, a Biomedical Scientist in charge of the Nadom Hospital Laboratory.

He said with the more than 500 persons screened so far, Hepatitis C seems to be more prevalent among the people, hinting that the situation might have been caused by the much attention that was paid to Hepatitis B in the past.

Mr. Adongo said Hepatitis B was a silent killer of persons in the Nandom District.

Mr. Christopher Crilly Pienaah, Manager of DKM Diamond Micro-Finance Limited acknowledged that health screening was important even when the individual felt perfectly healthy.

“It helps us find out if we have a particular disease or condition even if we do not have any symptoms”, he stated.

He pointed out that health screening followed by treatment and good control could lower one’s risk of serious complications leading to improved health outcomes.

Mr. Pienaah noted that poverty and poor health worldwide were inextricably linked and that any attempt at arresting poor health without focusing on poverty alleviation was a recipe for failure.

He said it was for that reason the DKM Diamond Micro-Finance Limited tailored its activities towards poverty alleviation which was first on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The DKM Wa branch Manager called on corporate organisations to endeavour to assist the Ministry of Health in its delivery of better health care services for all.

Yuorpor Maria Johana Annie, DKM Shea butter Factory Brand Manageress noted that any of the 120 women working in the factory if tested positive, the company would accept the cost of treatment.

Mr. Christopher Amega-Dunu, DKM Public Relations Officer outlined the cash investment, motor investment and building investment among others as some of the products and services being rendered by the company to alleviate poverty among the people. GNA

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