GRASAG-UPSA WOCOM Organises Health Screening For Students

The Women's Commission of the Graduate Students' Association of Ghana (GRASAG) - University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) chapter, has organised health talk and medical screening for members of the association.

The students were screened for breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, blood group and eye test.

A medical team comprising physician assistants and nurses from Fel's Pro-Health and Medical Services, Ashongman Estate performed the screening, with assistance from Madina branch of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Save the Nation's Sight.

In a health talk show on breast cancer, Dr Felicia Alemna, discussed early detection mechanisms, prevention, care, and encouraged women to self-examine their breasts, as well as visit hospitals for breast examination so that the effects of morbidity and mortality arising from the disease could be reduced.

She stressed on the importance for everyone to have their health status checked periodically.

On her part, Dr Vera Amaka Ofeigbu, an ophthalmologist, advised the students not to take their eyes for granted. She said good eye health starts with the food on your plate, stressing on the need to include green leafy vegetables in their diets. She mentioned that, the human eye is one of the most sensitive organs which must be properly cared for.

Among other precautionary measures she mentioned were: use of safety eyewear, quitting or minimising excessive smoking, wearing sunglasses, looking away from the computer screen and more importantly, regularly visiting the hospital for eye check-up.

In an interview with GhCampus.com, the President of the Association, Miss Dorcas Haywood-Dadzie said, the health campaign and screening exercise is part of their activities to commemorate this year's Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help and inspire students to take their health serious.

"Our motivation was to provide information and education to the students about their overall health," the president said.

The Women's Commissioner, Miss Patience Monfankye, expressed her satisfaction with the turnout of students who participated in the training sessions and the screening exercise.

"It has been overwhelming and students have really involved themselves in these activities, and I am very much pleased," she said.

She hinted that, a similar program will be organised next semester to afford those who have missed the first one an opportunity to be screened.

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