Residents of Atadeka, a community in the Kpone-Katamanso district in the Greater Accra region were beaming with joyful smiles as they troop in their numbers to the Presbyterian Church Park, near the dam side of the community to receive another massive free health screening.
According to the happy-looking residents, the free health screening exercise was the second health screening exercise organized by Baffour Okatakyie Okumkom Nana Adu (I), in just about two months in the community to help them know their health statuses and be treated.
“This free health screening exercise is the second of its kind being organized for us by somebody, I will say, he’s our savior, Baffour Okatakyie Okumkom Nana Adu (I). This has never happened here and we have never enjoyed such benevolence from anybody in this community before. We are so grateful and thankful to Nana for this kind gesture”, Mr. Bernard Tettey, a resident noted in excitement.
According to them, the first free screening exercise which was earlier organized by the benevolent chief had helped them in exposing some serious and life-threatening sicknesses they were not award of which could have had negative impact on them in future.
“In fact, the first free health exercise which our chief organized two months ago helped many of us here. Some people didn’t know they had BP, high sugar, diabetes and other hidden sicknesses in them until that exercise was organized. We hope this second one being the biggest will help us even more”, Madam Naa Akpele also told this portal.
The second free health screening, which was held on Monday, March 6, 2023, saw hundreds of residents, including children being screened for various diseases including malaria, hypertension, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. People with minor diseases were treated and offered medical advice to stay healthy and fit.
Those whose conditions needed further clinical diagnoses and treatment were referred to bigger health facilities in Ashaiman and other places where they could get proper medical treatment.
The young men in the community who were also screened were sensitised to the dangers of heart diseases, stroke and were advised against alcoholism, drug abuse, among others.
Baffour Okatakyie Okumkom Nana Adu (I), the chief of Adjena community in the Eastern region and a business mogul as well as a philanthropist in the Atadeka community said the second free health screening was to continue taking healthcare services to the doorstep of people, especially the less privileged.
Speaking with journalists after the exercise, the chief who doubles as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of F.A Global Group of Companies said the gesture had helped to inform the people on their health status.
He also noted that the exercise which most of the residents described as one of its kind in the community with will be carried out on a monthly basis with free medication for those identified with minor diseases.
The benevolent chief known in private life as Mr Francis Adu King also pledged to help register residents without health insurance onto the scheme, while those with expired membership will be renewed for them.
He explained that he always try in his personal capacity to make a difference in the life of the less fortunate people in communities by providing access to life’s basic needs including healthcare, quality education and other basic human needs.
He said the exercise was targeted at providing an opportunity for people, especially those who could not afford frequent medical check-ups due to financial constraints, to have access to medical care.
He said he was excited about the successful outcome of the screening, stressing that the screening was a social responsibility of the foundation to the community.
Baffour Okatakyie Okumkom Nana Adu (I) also called on benevolent people including politicians and businessmen and women to help residents of the community in fighting common sicknesses. This, he said will help residents stay fit and strong to help contribute in building the community and the country at large.