The Medical Students Association (MSA) of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho (UHAS), as part of its Second Health Week Celebration, organized a health screening and education exercise in the Ho Township. A team of about 40 students from the UHAS School of Medicine were divided into three groups and they collectively attended to about 150 community members who were screened for Diabetes, Hypertension and the main reason for the screening, Glaucoma. Those with major concerns from the screening were referred to the Volta Regional Hospital for further attention. Before the screening process, the participants were sensitized on some lifestyle diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension. While engaging the people, Mr. Samuel Edudzi Gavor, a member of MSA-UHAS stated among other things that, the glaucoma disease can lead to irreversible blindness and it mostly affects the optic nerve of the eye, hence, disables the communication between the eye and the brain. He added that, the onset of the disease is usually not noticeable and very painless. Mr. Gavor further shed light on Diabetes. He encouraged the participants to avoid lifestyles that can trigger the disease and also advised that those diagnosed with health conditions should take their medications religiously. Mr. Carlos Dorkenoo, also a member of the team, educated the people on Hypertension.
Dr. Daniel Mensah, an ophthalmologist from the Volta Regional Hospital, assisted the students for the eye screening exercise. From his observation, 12 persons (10.6%) were suspects for glaucoma, 2 persons had blindness in one eye from glaucoma and 1 person had a severe low vision. Some of the diseases and disorders identified were glaucoma, retinal disorders, cataract, low vision, accommodative disorders, pterygium, and refractive errors. Participants’ enthusiasm about seeking early medical care was significantly revived through the interactive education given by Dr. Mensah. The overall outcome of the screening exercise has bolstered the resolve of MSA-UHAS to extend the exercise to other communities.
Prior to the medical outreach, the Medical Students Association (MSA-UHAS) launched its Second Health Week Celebration with a Glaucoma Awareness Campaign with the theme “Glaucoma – the silent thief of sight: Don’t be gradually blindfolded for life; Be a Visionary, Act Now!!!” Notable among the dignitaries who graced the launching of the week-long celebration were, the Director of the Volta Regional Hospital, Dr. John Tampori, Dean, School of Medicine - UHAS, Professor Harry Tagbo, Dr. Isaac Buamah, an ophthalmologist, Volta Regional Hospital, Dr. Senanu Kwesi Djokoto, Municipal Director, Ghana Health Service and Mr. Sulley Abukari, from SSNIT, Ho.
Other activities of the celebration included a float on the principal streets of Ho, “Rep” your school, a sports festival, a dinner at Sky Plus Hotel, Ho and a thanksgiving service which crowned the celebration.