|Alhassan Mumuni, DCE for East Gonja|
People living in rural communities especially farmers have been advised to go for periodic medical check-ups to prevent them from avoidable deaths and other ailments. The District Chief Executive (DCE) for East Gonja of the Northern Region, Alhassan Mumuni gave the advice at a three day’s medical screening exercise organized for the local farmers by one Fuseini Wumbei, a native of the area and Chief Executive Officer of Mawums Limited.
In all about 3,000 farmers in the East Gonja District were given the free medical screening to ascertain whether or not they are medically fit for the this year’s Muslim fasting and prayers. It is believed majority of the people in the rural areas especially those with peptic ulcer and others, mostly develop health complications or even die during or after the fasting.
It was against this backdrop that, a team of medical practitioners was deployed by Mr. Fuseini Wumbei, to carry out the exercise. The DCE for East Gonja, Alhassan Mumuni commended the medical team and the sponsor of the screening exercise for complementing government efforts of ensuring healthy society.
The initiative, the DCE said also sought to reduce the traumas the people go through to access healthcare service especially when the district had had a limited number of health centres and large number of inaccessible roads.
Mr. Mumuni hinted that the CEO of Mawums Limited had within the last few years lived a life worth of emulation by other influential natives of Gonjaland. He said apart from supporting of the deprived communities with boreholes and other things, Mr. Fuseini Wumbei had also started the construction of school blocks for some of the communities to promote quality education.
He was however confident the screening exercise would help position the farmers especially the aged ones to determine how and when to or not to do certain activities to the detriment of their life.
The DCE took advantage of the exercise to appeal to the conscience of the people in the East Gonja District to maintain the prevailing peace in the area especially in the coming December polls.
He encouraged traditional, religious and opinion leaders in the district to also control their members to live peacefully with one another and desist from any act of violence. He emphasized that the East Gonja District Security Committee (DISEC) which he is the Chairman would deal drastically with any person or group of persons who would attempt to foment trouble in the area during and after the elections.
Mr. Mumuni was also quick to advice the people in Salaga and the entire East Gonja District to fiercely reject any politician or political party that would base its campaign on insults and personality attacks rather than addressing issues or talking about development. The East Gonja District is undoubtedly one of the largest in the whole of Ghana with several resources and tourist attractions, yet, it still remains one of the poorest in Ghana.
However, the Leader of the Medical Team, Dr. Alhassan Abdul Latif of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital said that the screening exercise had become necessary to save the people from developing avoidable health complications. Expressing joy for the high turnout, Dr. Latif explained that, the exercise was to look out for diseases like; Hepatitis B’ and C’, Diabetes, Blood Pressure (BP) and Malaria.
He indicated that those who would be tested positive to any of the targeted ailments would be given free treatment but those with complications would be referred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.