Over 300 clients from Asa Savings and Loans Limited, Ashiaman and Achimota Business Centres have benefitted from free health screening.
They were screened and tested in Hepatitis B, breast, malaria, sugar, blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI) and other vitals, such as temperature among others.
Dr. Mark Hammond of Haven Health Care, who lead a team for the screening exercise explained, that the most-occurring diseases were high blood pressure and malaria. “Those who had malaria and body pains were given medication.”
On blood pressure, he mentioned that its treatment starts with the individual making changes in his/her lifestyle. “The reason being that if these changes are not done, the blood pressure may remain high; and this has serious implications, such as stroke.”
He advised them to reduce salt intake since this increases blood pressure. “Make changes in your diet; include fruit and vegetables often, and exercise regularly or take a brisk walk. If you are a smoker you need to reduce it or stop, and gradually stop the intake of alcohol.”
The Area Manager of Ashiaman, Mr. Eugene Owusu Biney, said the free health screening is important to the company as it forms part of their corporate responsibility.
He was happy with the turnout and encouraged their clients as well as communities in which they operate to always participate in the health screening for them to know their status.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jethro Akligo, Branch Manager of Achimota Business Centre, said this exercise is being done annually across all the branches and areas of Asa Savings and Loans Company Limited.
“We have done it for years and this is going to continue, and advise our clients to also not only check on their health when they are not well.”
Present were the Branch Manager of Ashiaman, Mr. Isaac Amoah, and Area Manager of New Town, Mr. Emmanuel Osae Addo.