Family Health Medical School holds screening exercise

Accra, July 5, GNA – The Student
Representative Council of Ghana’s Premier Health Medical School, Family Health
Medical School as part of their way of providing community service has
organised their first free medical screening for the people of Teshie in Accra.

The free medical screening was made possible
with the collaboration between SRC of Family Health Medical and the Ghana AIDS

Over 700 people including traditional rulers,
from the Teshie community were screened for Malaria, Hepatitis B, HIV, Blood
Sugar Level, Blood Pressure and Body Mass Index measured in addition to health
education on malaria, cholera and typhoid fever.

Mrs Amanda Wumbel, the SRC President of Family
Health Medical School, said the school had enjoyed a good relationship with the
people of Teshie and as part of their social responsibility and a way of
building a tradition of community service, they decided to organise the health
screening to check their health status.

“In addition to fostering a stronger
relationship between the Medical School and the community, we hope to use this
event as a platform to sensitise the community on power of prevention. While
Family Health Hospital is there to cater to the community’s medical

Dr Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, the
Director-General of Ghana AIDS Commission in an address read on his behalf
expressed his willingness to partner Family Health Medical School in providing
an integrated health screening for the people of Teshie and its environs.

“I congratulate Family Health Medical
School for coming up with this very important idea of bringing free health
services to the doorsteps of the people of this community”.

He said HIV was real, but said there were
treatment for all and encouraged all Ghanaians to test and know their status.

He explained that the Antiretroviral treatment
(ART) was effective in slowing down the progression of AIDS and in reducing
HIV-related illnesses and death, adding that it was offered free in majority of
the health centres and private hospitals.

“We should discredit claims that there is
cure for HIV. We wish to caution Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) not to be
influenced by claims and stories by some people and organizations parading as
having a cure for HIV in Ghana because there is no cure”.

He urged the public not to stigmatise or
discriminate against persons living with HIV.

Mrs. Reeta Auguate, Ambassador of Family
Health University College in an interview revealed that the purpose of the
health screening was to give back to the community they had stayed with for
years and also foster cordial relations between the school and the people of

She said it was the second free health
screening that Family Health Medical School was having in collaboration with
the Ghana AIDS Commission, saying the first encounter was what they organised
for the media practitioners at the Black Star Square in Accra.

She entreated the general public to
periodically go for medical check-ups in order to know their health status.

Family Health Medical School (FHMS) is the
teaching arm of Family Health Hospital. It is the First Private Medical School
in Ghana and has a vision of advancing human health by encouraging distinction
within an inclusive community.

The main mission of FHMS is to lead in
advancing human health through innovative research, clinical care and educating
the next leaders in medicine in a culture that supports critical thinking,
including, diversity and innovation.


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