Health News of 2014-06-16

200 media persons undergo free prostate screening

About 200 men have undergone free prostate screening undertaken by the Medi-Moses Prostrate Foundation (MMPF).
The exercise, which was part of the foundation’s Fathers Day celebrations outreach, was targeted at male media personnel, their relatives and acquaintances above 30 years, together with the female spouses.
The day-long media outreach programme was a collaborative effort between the MMPF, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), the Daily Graphic, and the Multimedia Group.
The occasion was also used to show a documentary on prostate enlargement, the symptoms, effects, and how one can access medical care when infected.
CEO of Medi-Moses
Briefing the Daily Graphic in Accra during the screening exercise, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Medi-Moses Prostate Centre, Dr De-Gaulle Moses Dogbatsey, said it was important for men above 30 years to check their prostate annually to live healthy lives.
He averred that enough research had proved that men aged 30 years and above were likely to experience the disease, especially those who refused to take good care of their prostate.
That, he said, informed the foundation’s decision to embark on such an initiative, adding that it had come to stay and would be institutionalised as an annual programme.
Dr Dogbatsey, who is also the Founder of the MMPF, advised men to eat vegetables regularly for a healthy life.
According to him, most of the men who were screened had little or no knowledge about the disease, but expressed the hope that with enough education, a lot of people would know about its existence.
Screening process
Beneficiaries went through an Ultra Sound Scan, after which they were told their status and some received free medication.
The Chairman of the MMPF, Dr Ben Foleson, said the Foundation was launched in November 2013 to create awareness of prostate enlargement; the symptoms, causes, effects, and ways of treating it.
He noted that it was also established for the less privileged in society suffering from prostate enlargement, who could neither access screening nor medical care.
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