ASA Savings and Loans Limited at Tarkwa branch, in the Western Region has organised free medical screening for clients and communities in its catchment area.
The health screening is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which is being done annually across the country.
They were screened for malaria, hypertension, glucose as well as enjoying general health services.
Mr. Imarat Hossain, Tarkwa Area Manager of ASA Savings and Loans Limited, speaking to the B&FT said the wellbeing of people in the communities in which its operate is important to the growth of business.
“If people who save their monies with us are sick and cannot go about their duties effectively and contribute to growth of the local economy, then some businesses will not succeed,” he said.
He pointed out that by virtue of the exercise, public awareness on health-related matters can be improved tremendously – and encouraged other organisations to support communities in their operational area.
Dr. Gideon Kumah, at the Redeemer Hospital at Tarkwa, explained that the most-occurring diseases were malaria and hypertension.
He adviced them to sleep under Insecticide Treated Nets and ensure that gutters and their environment are always clean.
On hypertension, he explained that most are family-history cases – and encouraged them to be concerned about their diet: “More vegetables and fruits should be added to your diet, as well as seeking medical care at a hospital.