NGO screens Navrongo Central Prison inmates 0

Aide á la vulnèrabillitè, a health-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), operating in the Upper East Region, has organised a medical screening for inmates of the Navrongo Central Prison as part of its mandate to serve the vulnerable.

The screening was also to ensure healthy living among the inmates.

The NGO, made up of health professionals of various categories, checked the Blood Pressure (BP), pulse, temperature and weight, the Body Mass Index (BMI), visual acuity and examined the external auditory canal of the inmates for abnormalities.

The group also examined their chests and abdomen, checked their serum glucose level and schooled them on the need to maintain personal and environmental hygiene.

Mr James Tobiga, the Builsa South District Director of Health Services, and a lead member of the group, said it had professionals who were willing to impact on society their expertise and skills.

“If this exercise is done successfully, we are going to encourage most of the professionals to join us,” he added.

Mr Togbiga said the group solicited for support from members of the public and conducted the exercise free of charge; “as the name suggests Aide á la vulnèrabillitè, we want to help the vulnerable, and that is what we are doing.”

He called on other professionals to join the NGO in “giving back to society what society has given us.”

He expressed the hope that the group would continue to render its ir services to the Prison annually.

Mr Williams Aduum, the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), in a message delivered on his behalf, commended the group for the initiative and said it would improve on the health needs of the inmates.

Health was one of the core mandates of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he said, and pledged to support the NGO to improve the quality of health in the Municipality.

Reverend Father Paul Kapochina, the Diocesan Administrator at Our Lady of Seven Sorrow Minor Basilica in Navrongo, pledged to donate Gh¢1,000.00 on behalf of the Church to support activities of the NGO.

The NGO, as part of the exercise, presented assorted items including soft drinks, bags of rice, biscuits, toiletries, and cooking oil to the Prison.

Superintendent Francis Adzaklo Yao, the Deputy Regional Commander of Prisons, expressed gratitude to the NGO for the gesture and appealed to other organisations to support the Prisons as government’s support was not enough for the upkeep of the inmates.

He disclosed that each inmate was fed on Ghc1.80 per day, which was too little to feed such adults, and called on government to better the conditions of the Prisons.

He urged the government to engage inmates to make furniture to beef up the stock in basic and second cycle institutions.


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Girls Iron Folic Acid Tablets Supplementation (GIFT) programme kick starts Eastern Region 0

The Girls Iron Folic Acid Tablets Supplementation (GIFT) targeted at reducing high anaemia prevalence in the young has been launched in Koforidua.

Under the implementation about 54,000 girls between the ages of 10-19 in schools and out of school in the Eastern Region, would receive a folic acid tablet supplementation routinely to be administered under supervision to reduce anaemia.

At an orientation meeting with stakeholders prior to the launching, Dr Mrs Alberta Britwum-Nyarko, the Eastern Regional Director of Health Services, said statistics show that two out of every five women in the country have anaemia or low blood levels resulting in fatigues, headaches and even death in pregnant women.

She said in young adolescents the immediate effect of “this anaemia or low blood level condition results in poor memory and not doing well in school, whiles the long-term effect results in complications in pregnancies such as premature or stillbirths and even death during delivery”.

Dr Britwum-Nyarko said in order to reduce the high prevalence of anaemia among women and girls, the Ghana Health Service in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) has initiated the GIFT programme to help prevent the dire consequences of anaemia in the society.

Mr Bismarck Sarkodie, the regional Nutrition Officer of the GHS, said research shows that it is important for every woman to prepare her nutritious status very well before pregnancy and this can be done by eating food that contains all the minerals, especially iron.

He said the GIFT programme is, therefore, an intervention to prepare adolescent girls adequately as far as their nutritional status was concerned.

Again, he said some girls lose a lot of blood during menstruation and this also means the loss of a lot of iron which needs to be replaced and appealed to all stakeholders to use every opportunity to educate the public especially mothers to embrace the programme.

Later, Ms Golda Asante, Director of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) on behalf of the Eastern Regional Minister, launched the programme at the Presbyterian Cluster of Schools where folic acid tablets were administered to the school children.



Source: GNA

Special Education Is What Children with Congenital Heart Defects Needs- NGO 0

A project meant to provide exceptional services for kids with inborn Heart Defects (CHDs) before and after surgery has been launched with an appeal on educational establishments to pay special attention to the wants of such children.

Dubbed “Restore a Child’s Heart Project”, the project additionally seeks to advocate for quality and affordable health care for school going kids with such disabilities.
It is being funded by the Centre of Hope global Missions, United Kingdom in collaboration with Dominion Leaders Foundation (DLF), Ghana as the implementers.
The aim is to forestall CHDs, manage its effects and save the lives of Ghanaian and Jamaican kids with such disabilities globally.
Dr Martha Anang, Chief executive officer (CEO) of DLF and executive director of the project, said it’s incumbent on the education sector to plot ideas to make the classroom lively for such kids because research has proven that children with all types of CHD have poorer academic outcomes compared to their peers.

Even those who have early surgery for CHD are known to have impaired development which eventually turns out to have negative effects on their performances and achievements, Dr Anang said.

She said every child has a unique potential but this could not be fully developed if the child did not have good health.

Dr Anan said it was for this reason that the project is being introduced to help eliminate all forms of illnesses that affect school children and hinder their academic performances.

Reverend Dr Nordine Campbell, Chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of the Centre of Hope for global Missions, said that research conducted in 2016, reported that CHDs represent the second major reason behind cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality among young Africans.
However, she said its management was limited in Africa because of the inadequate socio-economic environments coupled with insufficient technical platforms and human resource to handle the incapacity.

Dr Campbell said the project would specifically identify school children with all types of CHDs and provide them with exceptional services needed to help improve their health conditions for better academic performance.

She said a Heart Restore Centre will eventually be built in the Central Region of Ghana to rehabilitate children with CHDs.

Dr Campbell expressed worry about the absence of reliable data on CHDs which made it difficult to estimate the global burden of these conditions on the African continent.

An estimated one million children and about 1.4 million adults are living with CHDs in the United States (US) alone while the British Heart Foundation, Health Promotion Research Group in 2013, reported that one in every 180 babies in the UK are born with a CHD.

“If developed countries like the US and UK have such high prevalence levels of CHDs then one can imagine the situation in Africa”, she lamented and called on other philanthropic   organisations and individuals to help save humanity, particularly, the poor little children in Africa where access to medical assistance in this direction might be non-existent.

Dr Ernest Asiedu, Head of Quality Management Unit at the Ministry of Health, who chaired the program, pledged the Ministry’s support for the project.

An Electrocardiogram (ECG) was done for about 140 children by doctors from the Doctors In Service (DIS) Clinic in Cape Coast to check their heart condition.

Dr Anang was inducted as a Health and Education Ambassador for the project worldwide by the Centre of Hope for Global missions while Dr Campbell was also made an ambassador by International Independence Interdenominational Christian Churches and Ministries (IFIICCM), a US-based organisation.


Source: GNA

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