More than 1,500 residents of Adabraka and its surrounding communities last Saturday benefitted from a free National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration exercise organised by the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), in partnership with Accra Brewery Limited (ABL).
Apart from the free NHIS registration, patrons also enjoyed free healthcare services such as Hepatitis B and C screening and vaccination.
They were also screened for diabetes, hypertension, malaria, typhoid fever and other ailments by a team of medical officers, led by the Resident Medical Officer of the GCGL, Dr Jacqui Barnes.
A medical team from the Diamond Lions Club of Accra also provided free eye and dental care for patrons, while pregnant women were given free insecticide treated nets to protect them from malaria.
The event, held at the St Joseph’s Catholic School at Adabraka, was highly patronised. As early as 6:30 a.m., hundreds of people eager to access free healthcare services and seek counselling on nagging issues confronting their health and well-being had gathered on the school compound.
Majority of the beneficiaries lauded the GCGL and the ABL for continuously supporting the community as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
They urged the two entities to organise the event at least twice a year and also add another venue to cater for more people.
The Managing Director of the GCGL, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, said the exercise was in line with the company’s policy of ensuring that its stakeholders got access to quality healthcare services.
“It is in keeping with our interest in the health of those who make our business survive. These include our vendors and the people who reside in the area where we operate,’’ he said.
The Human Resource Director of the ABL, Mr Akature Ania, stated that the event was part of the company’s objective to help create a thriving society “by investing in the physical well-being of people’’.
The Adabraka Mantse, Nii Tetteh Adjabeng II, urged residents to keep their homes and the community clean, saying good healthcare services without a clean environment were meaningless.