The School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho (UHAS), as part of its community engagements, organized a health screening exercise for over five hundred (500) members of the Kpedze community in the Ho West District of the Volta Region.
The team comprised the Dean, Professor Prudence Portia Mwini-Nyaledzigbor, Lecturers, some Staff from the Volta Regional Hospital, Medical Officers from Kpedze District and Students of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UHAS.
A fourth year student of SONAM, Mr Nelson Anyanwutor, delivered a talk on Hypertension. He admonished against unhealthy lifestyles that often lead to hypertension and its related diseases. Madam Innocentia Gborgblorvor, a lecturer at the School, used the occasion to educate the community members on Antenatal Care. She counseled the men to be supportive during pregnancy and after delivery periods of their wives.
Mrs. Comfort Worna Lotse, also a lecturer at SONAM, led the team to screen members of the community for vital signs i.e. blood sugar testing (fasting and random), rapid diagnostic test for Malaria, Haemoglobin (HB), eye test, ENT assessment and physical assessment. Counseling, consultation and treatment for minor illnesses were also offered to participants. Those with serious cases were referred to Kpedze Polyclinic and Volta Regional Hospital respectively.
Togbe Eyirui III of Kumanyigbe who hosted the medical team on behalf of Togbe Atsridom V, the paramount chief of Kpedze, expressed the community’s appreciation to the team and also paid glowing tribute to the UHAS students who undertook their Vocational Training in the Kpedze community over the past 5 years. He urged the University to make the community a priority even as new students are being processed to be sent out for this year’s Vocational Training.