By Frederick E. Aggrey
Ace musician Philipa Baafi has advised Ghanaians to be serious with their health issues, in order to reduce many preventable deaths.
She indicated that most deaths reported were avoidable, had the victims reported earlier for medical attention.
She said this when her Foundation, The Philipa Baafi Foundation, organised a free medical care exercise for residents of Kasoa and its environs.
The musician, who is studying to become a Physician Assistant, said during her clinical, which forms part of her training, she realised that most medical cases were reported late to the health centers, resulting in deaths, and this, she thinks, is depleting the country off its human resources.
She said that the foundation has attended to over 20,000 people from Accra, through to the Western Region, explaining that she aims at making the service national, and making it a long-term project.
The campaign, which is under the theme: ‘How well are you?’ brought together doctors and nurses, who provided health services to the residents who thronged the venue at Kasoa for free medical check-ups, free medication and body massaging.
The Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation, Kwame Karikari, on his part, indicated that the campaign, which started last year, is intended to awaken Ghanaians on the need to take their health seriously, as a means of reducing avoidable deaths.
He said a lot of Ghanaians think that as long as they can walk to and from their destinations, they are healthy.
He, however, advised that periodic health checks are needed to keep one’s health in a better condition.
He said: “Philipa believes that Ghanaians should take some time off their busy schedules to go for medical checkups, and that is the motive of this Foundation.”
So far, The Philipa Baafi Foundation has organised health screening and free medication for people in over 21 communities.