The ASA Savings and Loans Limited, Mampong Branch and the Mampong Business Centre have organised a joint health screening exercise for the residents and customers in the Mampong area of the Ashanti Region.
In all, about 300 people – including children – benefitted from the exercise which screened patrons for various ailments including malaria, blood pressure, blood sugar, syphilis, and hepatitis B, among others. Also, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) examination was carried out.
The health screening exercise has become a regular feature of the corporate social responsibility activities of the company across the country. Patrons of this health outreach say it is helping to deepen health awareness, and thus, has become a programme they always look out for in the calendar year.
Rev. Dr. Antwi Bosiako of the Christ Setoria Clinic in Kronum, who led the medical team, observed that while patrons are screened for several conditions, some common diagnoses made included high blood pressure, waist problems, as well as high cases of malaria.
He noted that this was common among traders; he therefore encouraged them to clean their surroundings to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, make time to periodically check their health status, follow their medication, as well as take time off their busy schedules to rest.
Dr. Bosiako said it is important for the traders to prioritise their health and that of their families.
The Divisional Manager of ASA Savings and Loans, Ashanti East, Kalilur Rahman, and the Area Manager of ASA, Mampong Area, Alexander Opoku Ayitey, who were present during the exercise, took turns to encourage patronage of such CSR activities undertaken by the company.
ASA, they reckoned, is committed to contributing their quota to the development of local communities, particularly people who do business with them.
They also entreated the residents to continue to work with ASA, especially given that the company has instituted several initiatives to give back the society.
ASA, they said, recognises that ‘health is wealth’ and therefore, ensuring the well-being of the customers and generally those within the host communities of ASA is a key concern.
It is for this reason, they explained, that ASA Savings and Loans dedicates part of its operating funds yearly to organise health screening exercises for existing and potential customers across the country.
The Branch Manager of ASA Mampong Branch, Prince Nti-Kusi, said in addition to organising the health programmes, ASA continues to undertake other initiatives that impact their host communities.
For instance, he said given this dedication, ASA complements the exercise with the supply of free medication.
Furthermore, the Manager of Mampong Business Centre, James Owusu, expressed optimism that the patrons, comprising existing and potential customers of ASA Savings and Loans, will make it a habit to regularly check their health status.