About 500 people at Apradang, a deprived community in the Kwahu West District, have benefitted from free health screening and treatment.
They had their blood pressure checked, blood sugar level tested, breasts examined and screened for eye, ear, nose and throat diseases alongside general health conditions.
The programme was organized by the Chaplaincy and Life Values Promotion Centre of the Presbyterian University College, Ghana (PUCG) in collaboration with Breast Care International (BCI), Ghana Eye Society and the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Department of the Atibie Government Hospital.
It formed part of activities marking the 10th chaplaincy week celebration of the University, held under the theme “Visibility, anointed to endure in divine wisdom”.
Out of a total of 115 women screened for breast cancer, nine of them were found to have developed the cancer, a figure, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addae, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospital, who has been leading fight against the disease described as alarming.
She therefore called on the women to regularly have their breasts examined for early detection and treatment.
Dr. Wiafe Addai used the occasion to educate them the symptoms and the need to report early to the hospitals for medical attention.
The chief of the community, Nana Sasu Asante, applauded the University and the BCI for the exercise and pleaded with the latter to open a centre at the Apradang Community Clinic to offer breast cancer screening services to people in the town and the over 20 surrounding communities.
The Reverend Joseph Kofi Antwi, acting Chaplain of PUCG, said the health screening was part of its social responsibility. GNA