Health News of 2014-04-07

Thousands to benefit from free Rotary health services

Thousands of under-privileged and un-served persons are set to benefit from a free, comprehensive health services programme to be provided by the Rotary International.

Dubbed, the Rotary Family Health Days, the April 10 to 12 programme will see healthcare providers and volunteers stationed at 30 communities in the Accra and Tema metropolitan areas to serve people.

According to a statement issued in Accra, healthcare services to be provided will include, HIV counseling and testing, diabetes and blood pressure testing, deworming, Vitamin A supplement, Polio&measles immunizations, mosquito bed nets, condom distribution, and Malaria screening.

Some sites will also provide cervical cancer screening, optometry, dentistry and tuberculosis testing.

Personalities expected to participate in, and launch the three-day activities include the Minister of Health, Sherry Aryeetey, the Director-General of Ghana Health Service, the Public Affairs and Communication Manager of Coca Cola, the USAID Health Director, the Country Director of CDC, Past Rotary International Director Sam Okudzeto and District Governor Winfred Mensah.

They will launch the three-day health fair on tomorrow, April 9, at the Civil Servants Association Auditorium.

Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) provides comprehensive, free healthcare services to families lacking access to routine care.

In 2013, 5,500 members of 362 Rotary clubs helped reach 275,089 people in Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa.

This year, the multinational health fair aims to provide 350,000 people with preventative medical services in Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

RFHD mobilizes resources and expertise from a broad spectrum of partners including governments, community based organizations and private sector companies. Rotary clubs mobilize community participation and manage the health sites; the Coca-Cola Foundation is the primary funder; in-country governments provide authorization and direction. Other partners include USAID.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.

Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.