Rabito Clinic Limited, in partnership with medical students from the University of Maine, USA, organized a free malaria screening in Koforidua in the Eastern Region for four days in May.
Led by a team of 12 medical students from the partnering University, the aim of the screening was to bring health services closer to the doorsteps of the people, especially the marginalized in society.
More than 600 people were screened with a report of 25percent of them being victims of malaria. Persons who tested positive on the malaria test were given free malaria drugs to treat the disease. Other common diseases detected were diabetes and hypertension. All persons screened had their mass index including height, weight and blood pressure taken as well.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Rabito Clinic Limited, Karen A.S. Hendrickson, though this exercise took place in the Eastern Region, similar ones were carried out in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Takoradi in the Western Region and Accra in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana recently. Each of these previous exercises saw over 200 people in attendance.
“Rabito Clinic will continue reaching out to many other communities, with a series of screenings for the Northern sector coming on soon,” she said. She pleaded for support from benevolent organizations to organize many of such events for the benefit of the people, especially those in deprived communities.
The Founder of Rabito Clinic Limited, Prof. Edmund Delle, pointed out that many of the diseases affecting most people are lifestyle diseases, citing too much intake of fizzy drinks, salt and oil intake, and lack of rest as some examples of our bad habits. He added the springing of fast food joints are sources of diseases due to the way they process them.
According to Prof. Delle, the students of the Maine University saw his clinic on the internet and felt it appropriate to work with, without many other health facilities in Africa.He advocated for the education on preventive measures to avoid diseases rather than prescribing medicines as a way of curing diseases.