An intensive medical outreach organized by the Member of Parliament Andrew Egyapa Mercer, with support from the Auburn University of Alabama State, United States of America, to provide general medical care for residents of Sekondi and beyond, is currently underway.
The medical outreach, which is a fulfillment of a component of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in October, 2017, between the MP for Sekondi and Auburn University, also has the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital and the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) as partners.
Dr Elizabeth I.E-Quansah, Outreach Global of Auburn University, in an interview with Skyy News, explained that the medical outreach, first to be undertaken in Sekondi, shall be an annual engagement in March. She added “this is a pilot. So we just want to try two days. Maybe next time, it would be one week or so”
She noted that persons with dental, hearing, visual, diabetes, hypertension and other general medical conditions will be screened and treated freely at the center, and when necessary, some medical conditions will be referred to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital for further attention and treatment.
“We don’t have any cap. We are providing general medical care but specifically we are looking at vision, dental, ear infection, blood pressure and diabetes symptoms. Anything that is beyond us to take care over here will be referred to Effia Nkwanta. We have two physicians from Effia Nkwanta, and another from UCC Hospital. So whatever the situation, when we test you and we think it’s beyond what we are doing here, we will refer you there,” Dr E-Quansah said.
Dr E-Quansah noted that though some challenges were encountered in the early hours of the program in respect of getting people to adhere to protocols and procedures, they managed to resolved them with apt. She adds some contingencies have been instituted to accommodate potential rise in numbers, particularly with the coming Independence Day celebration, tomorrow.