Hundreds of residents from both Tema Central and beyond trooped to the Tema Community 8 No.3 Junior High School Park to partake in a free health fair organized by Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Kofi Brako over the weekend.
This year’s event had hypertension, breast screening, and eye screening as areas of concern aside diabetes, HIV/AIDS, eye and dental care which previously dominated.
This is the second time the MP has organised such exercise. The first event was in 2013, where he engaged 20 medical Team from America. This time, over 50 medical staff from three hospitals in Tema, several pharmaceutical companies and three pharmacists were there to support to the exercise.
Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Kofi Brako believes this is one of the means of bringing health to the doorstep of his constituents.
“Regardless of your party affiliation, you can fall ill and this exercise is not just an NPP fair. You can see participation has nothing to do with my party,” he said.
According to him, he was not ready to put any figure out there as cost incurred in purchasing medical consumables because he enjoyed support from other residents who would not want their identity to be known.
“I am spending money as a philanthropist and the issue of how much I spent should not take centre stage. Several individuals contributed towards this fair in diverse ways,” he indicated.
He promised to pay attention to the building of at least three CHPS compounds in his next tenure when maintained as MP for Tema Central, in furtherance of his declared aim of making sure his constituents are healthy.
“When I was campaigning during the 2012 elections I promised the people that I will implement programmes and interventions which will improve their health so since I became the MP I have done a lot to improve on the living conditions and making sure that my people are healthy.
“I have constructed antenatal centre at the Tema General Hospital to cater for the nursing mothers who there for treatment, I have constructed toilet facilities for some public schools, I have constructed Prisco football pitch at community and I now working on the Valco park. I have also sponsored some Senior High School students,” he explained.
The fair had health officials from both Tema General Hospital and New Crystal Hospital taking care of patients.
National Chairperson of Public Health Nurses Group, Joyce V. Preko said the fair will help them identify those who are likely to have contracted Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and possibly Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) but may find it difficult approaching health facilities for management.
“With the cosmopolitan nature of Tema, having cases relating to STIs and STDs could be common but not all are ready to test at the nearby health facility due to stigma among other personal reasons and this is a way of getting close to such people,” Mrs. Preko said.