Over 200 clients and community members at ASA Savings and Loans Limited (Sekondi Business Centre), under Anaji Area in the Western Division, have benefitted from a medical screening exercise.
They were screened and tested in malaria, cholesterol, blood pressure and general diseases. Some were given medication after the screening, while those with conditions which need critical attention were referred to health facilities within the area.
Dr. Helena Gaisie, Head of Medical Team for the exercise, advised the people to seek medical attention whenever they are sick.
“Do not buy medicine over the counter when you are sick, except when you have a prescription from a health facility,” she advised.
Also, she counselled the elderly to check on their diet, avoid certain lifestyles such as smoking, excessive intake of alcohol and taking a nap just after eating.
“Diabetics should always check their sugar level and those with hypertension should also frequent the hospital when they are not well; hypertension has been a silent killer these days,” she added.
Again, she advised that: “Eat healthy food and take a lot of vegetables and fruits, as well as exercise regularly; rest is very necessary, if you cannot sleep use directional therapy – something that will lead you on to sleep – such as watching certain movies or playing with your phone.”
Mr. Samuel Buanda Odoom, Area Manager for Anaji, said the medical screening exercise forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
“The communities in which we operate and our clients are so important to us; if you suffer from any diseases, you will not have the strength to go about your daily duty.” he said.
He said: “This exercise is carried out annually, and for this, a total of GH₵5000 has been spent”.
Joseph Annan, Branch Manager of Sekondi Business Centre, continued that: “Our clients are the assets of the company; if they are not well the company will not thrive”.
He added that the company will continue to support their clients to ensure their happiness as well as support to be able to maintain their businesses.
Mina Amissah, a fishmonger at Kojokrom Eno – a suburb within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, praised ASA for supporting their businesses to grow and ensuring they are in good health to go about their daily activities.