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Health News Wed, 28 Feb 2007

Pupils in Komenda benefit from screening and dental treatment

Komenda (C/R), Feb. 28, GNA - More than 200 pupils from schools in Komenda in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem District were on Tuesday screened and given dental treatment and management by a seven-member team from the Centre for Community Oral Health of the University of Manitoba, Canada.

The team would be in the area for three days to screen and treat school children and people in Komenda and its environs. The district assembly, the District Health Directorate and Young Professional Network Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Komenda, organised the exercise.

Mr George Frank Asmah, the District Chief Executive, commended the team and suggested that the programme be sustained and extended to other areas such as eye screening.

"It will also strengthen the sister-city relation that exists between the district and Ottawa."

He thanked Dr Ishmael Bruce, a citizen of Komenda and the leader of the team, for organizing the programme and called on other citizens of the area living abroad to emulate his example. Mrs Theresa Kwakye, the Executive Director of Young Professional Network Foundation, said the programme was organized because the community does not have a dental clinic and had to either go to Takoradi or Cape Coast for dental care.

Dr Bruce said the programme would be organized annually. Nana Kodwo Kru, the Paramount Chief of Komenda, expressed concern about the way people did not pay attention to oral health and urged children to take good care of their teeth. He called on parents and teachers in the area to ensure that all children in the area benefited from the programme.

Source: GNA