Neighbours Connect, a humanitarian social group, has organised a free health screening and barbering exercise for members of the public, especially those on the streets.
The health screening exercise checked the HIV, Malaria, Blood Pressure, sugar levels and weights, and COVID-19 status of the beneficiaries. They also received clothing, packs of food and drinks.
Speaking to the media about the exercise, the Founder of Neighbours Connect, Josephine Ekua Asmah said they made the gesture because they were concerned about the welfare of low-income and non-working members of the public who needed it.
“Even those of us who are working, we are struggling to cope with the economic hardship and feeding, and in worse situations, these our brothers and sisters, some of whom are in the streets, are unable to afford a healthy meal within a day.
Some have also never checked their health status, bought different clothing or visited the barbering saloon, and that is why it touched our hearts to do them this service” she said.
“We are glad some of the people have been able to change their clothes and know their health status” she added.
She disclosed that, given the economic crisis, the group will be replicating similar projects regularly in other parts of the country to support the vulnerable.
To help the group reach more people, Ms. Asmah took the opportunity to appeal to other charitable people and business organisations to support the project with funds and logistics.
Mrs Eva Eyram Morkeh, a Nurse at the Adabraka Polyclinic, who led a team to conduct the health screening exercise, said, fortunately, most of the beneficiaries screened turned up negative for the tests except for high blood pressure, which was highly detected.
She said those with health concerns would be referred to the Polyclinic or other health facilities for counselling and care.
Neighbours Connect is a social group, which started on Facebook three years ago and extended to WhatsApp with more than 2,120 members with a vision to become a great life-impacting non-governmental organisation.
The Group believes the internet has made the world a small community, thereby making members from across the globe, neighbours with a responsibility to support themselves and society.