"Frequent check-ups helps to resolve potential threats in our Body,” - Ms. Efua Hanson Cautions on Diabetes Day
November 14, World's Diabetes Day focuses on a dedicated theme that runs for one or more years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes.
The President of the Royal Lions Club, Mrs. Efua Hanson has educated the public on the need to embark on frequent hospital check-ups in order to stay updated on health issues.
She advised that check-ups could help find potential health issues before they become a problem adding that early detection gives one the best chance for getting the right treatment quickly, avoiding any complications.
“We seem not to care much about our health. For all you know, lots of people are unwell but have disguised themselves due to work. It’s not a good attitude towards our system and if we continue to put work ahead of our health, we might experience the worse. Frequent check-ups helps to resolve potential threats in our body,” she said.
She spoke during a health screening service organized by the Royal Lions Club in collaboration with the Komfo Anokye Diabetes Center of Excellence for the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG) on World’s Diabetes Day, November 14, 2019 at Suame, Kumasi.
The World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign is purposely to draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keep diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.
The Royal Lions club, the biggest Service Organization worldwide is dedicated to serving others by championing kindness in our communities and actively work to improve the lives of all people. The Ashanti Regional branch keenly embarks on assisting the needs of people in the societies through giving sympathy to those in distress, aid to the weak, and substance to the needy.
According to Mrs. Hanson, 134 patients were screened last month at Sofoline Bus Station, which led to the discovery of hindrances affecting their health which they were not aware of.
“We were at Sofoline last month; the vision month. We conducted eye screening for 134 people and to our utmost dismay, three of them were detected blind without their knowledge. It really shows that this exercise indeed is very imperative to human lives,” she added.
She cautioned that diabetes is intimidating human lives hence its revelation as the third world killer disease. She spoke on the need for government to educate Ghanaians on its dangers to control it.
“Just like the government has malaria and cancer at heart enlightening citizens about it, it is needful for diabetes to go through same routine. Diabetic patients should be included in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to be able to provide guidance to them.
The Regional Administrator for the GNAG acknowledged their executives for making such an exercise possible for members. He disclosed that the busy nature of their work makes it challenging to visit health facilities for health examinations therefore the initiative at their forecourt is a good one.
He expressed sincere gratitude to the Royal Lions Club for heeding to their call.