By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey, GNA
September 10, GNA –The School of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Greater Accra
Regional Hospital on Tuesday organised a free medical screening and a health
education exercise for traders at the Adabraka market.
which formed part of activities earmarked for the schools 10th anniversary
celebration, served as an opportunity for students of the school to enlighten
the public to keep track of their health status through consistent screening.
It also paved
way for the market women to be train in the Basic Life Support (BLS) procedure
to enable them to handle any of their colleagues who collapse while working.
Agudogo, Head of the Department of anesthetics and critical care at the Greater
Accra Regional Hospital, said the screening, which lasted from 0700 hours to
1700 hours, was expected to screen about 400 traders for their Blood Pressure,
Temperature, Tuberculosis, Malaria, HIV and random blood sugar.
was according to him necessitated by the need to provide health care to the
traders at their doorsteps, since they had less time to visit the hospital to
seek medical attention.
is also meant to demystify anesthesia to our clients and encourage them to make
their health their concern,” he said.
He said after
screening the first 100 traders, he observed that most of the traders were not
in charge of their health, with low awareness about their health conditions.
recorded quiet a number of high blood pressure and this could be attributed to
the nature of their work as they sit at one place to sell throughout the day,”
traders and the public to adopt health eating habits, exercise regularly, take
their medications and visit the hospital for regular check-ups.
The School of
Anesthesia and Critical Care was established in 2009 with the aim of training
nurses to become anesthetists at a time when the hospital had serious
shortages, which was affecting surgery at the hospital.