The Tanoso Business Centre of ASA Savings and Loans Limited has organised a free health screening exercise for clients and residents of Tanoso, a suburb of Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region.
In all, close to about 100 residents who benefitted from the exercise were screened for various medical conditions including Hepatitis B, Syphilis, Hepatitis C, Malaria, Diabetes and Hypertension.
According to the Medical Director of Soteria Anglican Medical Centre at Kronum, Dr. Antwi Boasiako, who led the medical team, medication for conditions screened were freely offered, with the cost borne by ASA Savings and Loans.
He observed that the commonest condition among those who were screened was musculoskeletal pain and insomnia. “This was due to the nature of the work the majority do”, he added.
“About 90 percent of the treated are traders who wake up very early in the morning, and go to bed late and tired in the night,” he stated.
This situation, he noted, affects their sleep patterns; for the musculoskeletal pains/weakness, he said they may result from the inability to have rest coupled with the posture they assume during the conduct of their business.
Because of this, he urged traders and the public in general to endeavour to have enough rest, as part of activities to maintain a healthy lifestyle, adding that a healthy body is key to realising one’s economic goals.
The Ashanti North Divisional Manager of ASA Savings and Loans, Felix Ahiadorme, mentioned that ASA is keen on contributing to the mental and physical well-being of clients and host communities.
It is because of this that he said the regular health screening exercises which come with free medication are organised across the country, wherever ASA Savings and Loans operates, as part of steps in realising their commitments to clients and host communities.
Kwadaso Area Manager of ASA Savings and Loans, Enoch Fiador, said the exercise forms part of the corporate social responsibility activities of ASA, and was hopeful that numerous clients will continue to take the opportunities offered to become more concerned about their health.
The Tanoso Business Centre Manager, Beatrice Banumbu, expressed delight at the participation of clients and community members. She was hopeful that this would also help the community to realise that ASA Savings and Loans makes effort to give back to society through some of these activities.