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Ladies of Marshall, a female group in the Catholic Church, has organized a day's medical screening for residents at Ayeduase, a community near the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

They were screened for cervical and breast cancers, had their blood pressure checked and given free medication.

Out of 60 women who had their breasts and cervix examined, 26 were referred to the Kumasi South Regional Hospital (KSRH) for further tests and treatment.

The group also educated the people on the need to avoid unhealthy lifestyles and to report to health facilities for early treatment of all ailments.

Dr (Mrs) Agartha Akua Bonney, Chairperson of the Health Committee of the group, said the exercise was part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of its establishment.

With its headquarters in Kumasi, it has 98 branches in the United Kingdom (UK), Togo, Benin and Liberia.

Dr Bonney said their mission was to spread not only the gospel but to give medical care to the people.

She expressed concern about the increasing cases of hypertension and diabetes in the country and blamed it on the refusal by most people to eat simple but nutritious meals and the reluctance to go for regular medical checks to know their health status.

Dr Mrs Peggy Oti-Boateng, a Senior Lecturer at KNUST, urged women to desist from using herbal douches and other concoctions to clean their private parts saying, this could be dangerous and harmful.

They should also visit the medical facilities regularly and should not wait till things got out of hand before reporting to the hospitals for attention.

Madam Joana Nyame, Principal Midwife, in-charge of the Cervical Care, KSRH, asked the people to seek medical treatment for all health complications and stop attributing them to supernatural causes.

Source: GNA

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