To make real their commitment to support in diverse ways the wellbeing of existing and potential customers, ASA Savings and Loans Limited has set aside $75,000, this year, to embark on series of social intervention programmes, as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.
The projects to be executed include drilling of boreholes for communities deprived of access to clean drinking water, health screening exercises as well as other projects that specifically address the needs of targeted communities if need be.
Already, ASA Savings and Loans is continuing from where it left off last year with its community to community health screening exercises which have seen a number of people, including children, benefit from free medical care and free supply of prescribed medicines.
In this year alone, 24 health screening exercises have been organised in various town and communities in the Ashanti region, according to ASA’s Ashanti Regional Manager Mr. Haiul Hasan.
He said beneficiaries are usually screened for numerous diseases such as malaria, hepatitis B, hypertension, blood pressure, diabetes as well as do ‘general screening.’
The Regional Manager who was speaking in an interview at the backdrop of a health screening exercise at Aboabo Business Center, in Kumasi, noted that having a healthy community also means having a healthy economy.
Adding that ASA Savings and Loans, therefore, makes it part of its engagement with customers to encourage them to maintain a healthy environment as part of healthy living.
He said, “our health screening exercises are organized not only for our customers but members of the general public are cared for so as everyone can know their health status and work towards maintaining or having a good health.”
The medical officer, and head of the medical team for the health screening exercise, Dr. Jerry Adu-Amankwaah of the Methodist Hospital at Aburase, observed that many of the beneficiaries had no idea that they suffer from certain conditions they were screened for.
This he said is common among many people who suffer from certain medical conditions but are unaware due to their inability to frequently check on their health status from the hospital.
He stated that such platforms provided by ASA for people to check their health bring an opportunity to determine the health status of people at no cost to them. However, he added that some of the beneficiaries are referred if necessary to seek further medical checks at the hospital.
Dr. Adu-Amankwaah said health awareness is low among Ghanaians and attributed the major cause to poverty. He, therefore, said that any opportunity provided to engage the public is therefore used to encourage people to consciously make effort to know the true state of their health and not wait until they became bedridden due to ill health.