Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South Constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana doubling as the Minister of Education has spearheaded for a team of health experts from abroad to attend to the physiotherapy needs of more than thousand constituents.
The team of Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Professors from the George Fox University in the United States who partnered physiotherapy students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) in Kumasi offered medical advice to beneficiaries and diagnosed them with conditions including; backache, waistpains and spinal cords complications.
The 21-member team made up of 14 whites from the United States and 7 locals who are in the Ashanti Region on an annual medical outreach program spent time with residents within the Manhyia South constituency including young and old to provide them with the special medical care.
Speaking to journalists, Mr. Haruna Alhassan, constituency secretary, who spoke on behalf of the education minister stressed the need to use such programmes to provide free diagnosis and treatment to Ghanaians with various medical conditions.
He said, since the health of the people is important, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO) plans to continue to ensure such outreaches are organized to advise them on the importance of good eating habits and also provide them with the needed medical support.
“Today’s exercise is to help constituents who have problems with the back and the spine to get assisted relief.
The NGO is based in the US and comes to Ghana to offer free services…so when people have dedicated themselves to come and help treat Ghanaians, there is a need for those of us in positions of responsibility to embrace them and make sure that our constituents and the citizens benefit ultimately, “he explained.
He thanked the team and urged them to include his constituency whenever they come to Ghana for the annual medical outreach program.
Today’s meeting was the second time Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has blessed his constituency with this kind of medical screening. Last year, close to seven hundred constituents benefited.
Leader of the team, Ike Ebo Grant, operations director , said the community health screening programmes were important exercises to enhance the health status of the people.
He revealed that, the team screened close to seven hundred persons in Manhyia South Constituency alone. The team according to the leader is poised to screen more than one thousand persons in the Manhyia South Constituency.
He advised the public to visit the hospital regularly for routine checkups, eat balanced diets, exercise, and have enough rest and avoid self-medication.
A similar exercise, according to the team will be held in various constituencies and institutions across the country.
Some beneficiaries who spoke to broadcastergh.com thanked the team and their MP for the gesture.
The exercise took place at Abey’s Park and Krofrom CPC, all in the Manhyia South Constituency today .
Source :broadcastergh.com/Ayisah Foster