A Medical Doctor at the Swedru Municipal Hospital, Dr. Paulette Brown is advising people with Diabetes not to treat the disease at home but seek immediate medical attention.
She explained that Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body especially when treatment is ignored.Dr. Brown was speaking during a Health Fair at Doryumu in the Shai Osudoku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region which screened about 365 people on Diabetes, Blood Pressure,Malaria and Hepatitis B.
Some children were also assessed on Nutrition.The Doryumu Health Fair was organized by International Medical Associates for Global Health Empowerment – IMAGHE Ghana which is a subsidiary of IMAGHE INC of USA led by Dr. Derrick Aboagye and his Executives,Dr. Ebenezer Addo and Mrs. Fortuna De-Beck Taylor.
(Subsidiary of IMAGHE INC-USA) is a
Medical Non-Profit Organization in Ghana serving underprivileged communities with their healthcare needs.The Doryumu Health Fair is the second to be held after the maiden Volta Regional encounter.
Dr. Brown enlightened the Health Fair on Diabetes saying it’s a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
The Medical Doctor revealed some of the common warning signs of Diabetes as headaches,blurred vision,frequent urination,fatigue,weight loss,increased hunger,dry mouth and increased thirst.
Touching on Diabetes and Medication,Dr. Sylvester Komla Affram of the Volta Regional Hospital said Diabetes medication is a long term treatment but most patients cease medication after a while.
Calling for an end to that practice,he emphasised that discontinuing medication on Diabetes could degenerate into severe conditions,stressing that diet modification is another panacea to help diabetics live longer.
Dr Felix Frimpong, a Nutritionist bemoaned the importance of breakfast saying skipping it is very dangerous to human health.
He advised parents to ensure that their wards’ diet are full of nutritional values to ensure proper growth.
Dr Frimpong used the occasion to advice the youth to desist from Tramadol abuse which he noted is fast destroying the youth and their career.
Nurses Erica Birago and
Sandra Forson took turns to advise the residents to check their sugar levels and blood pressure.They noted that regularising one’s visit to the hospital helps detect hidden diseases adding that a hypertensive must desist from salt intake since it blocks the veins.
The Doctors and Nurses of IMAGHE Ghana were extremely elated for serving the people of Doryumu and called on other health facilitators to join IMAGHE GHana.
Ohenewah Ntorinkansah a Nurse and Coordinator of the Doryumu Health Fair sensitized the people on the need to keep their surroundings clean to avoid malaria.
She noted that dirty environment breeds mosquitoes and it’s only clean environment that fights malaria.
Some of the residents who benefited from the free health screening were full of commendation for IMAGHE Ghana since they were financially incapacitated to visit the hospital.
A chunk of them who were oblivious of their medical conditions including High Blood Pressure and Diabetes spoke about the impact of the programme saying the counselling has helped them massively.
To this end,they appealed to IMAGHE Ghana to build Chip Compounds to ease them from traveling long distance to seek medical care which sometimes results in deaths.
Story By – Aboagye Frank Jackson