Health News of 2014-05-30

Medical screening for the aged in Adukrom

More than 100 elderly persons from Adukrom in the Akuapem North District in the Eastern Region have benefitted from a free medical screening.

The exercise was organised by the Onua Pa Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that advocates the welfare of the aged.

Beneficiaries of the medical outreach were screened for diabetes and high blood pressure. They were also educated on the need to take care of their health by checking their diet and engaging in exercises.

As part of the activities sponsored by Ecobank Ghana Limited, the foundation also organised a get-together for the participants to show care and to create the platform for them to socialise.

Welfare

According to the Chairman of the foundation, Mr Blessed Ayisi, the foundation seeks to promote the well-being of the elderly in society who constitute part of the vulnerable in society.

He said most of the elderly in the rural areas were peasant farmers, traders, labourers and civil servants who were left alone by their children to look for greener pastures in the cities.

This, he said, has led to widespread poverty among the elderly in the rural areas.

“In the prevailing circumstances, the very elderly persons are left alone to cater for themselves,” he stated.

Objectives

As part of its objectives, the foundation seeks to create avenues through recreational centres where the elderly can meet on daily basis in the various communities to interact and socialise.

He said the foundation also aimed at creating opportunities for elderly persons to receive information on healthcare and other national and local supportive schemes and also feeding the elderly occasionally in the rural communities.

Mr Ayisi urged the young people to see the essence of helping the elderly, since they would also become like them some day.

A retired Director of Education, Mr Andrew Akuoko, expressed his gratitude to the foundation for the immense support to the aged in the Adukrom community.