The Naa Teley Foundation, an Accra-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has appealed to the government to put up a health facility at Doryumu to cater for the residents.
Any patient who needs medical attention travels to Dodowa, Akuse or Ashaiman, and these destinations are several kilometres away.
The journey to these destinations for health care comes with its severe consequences, as the Doryumu roads are unmotorable, as the residents say some women in labour are forced to deliver their babies at home, under the supervision of experienced old women.
These observations at the Shai-Osudoku District suburb, Dr Bernice Borteley Bormai, a Senior Medical Officer and Founder of Naa Teley Foundation, said are worrying, saying a Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound in the area would save the situation.
“I saw only one private health facility at the Doryumu junction, and how many of the local people can afford the services of a private health facility?” Dr Bormai queried when she spoke to the Accra File at the Doryumu Assemblies of God, Ghana, where her outfit provided free medical screening and mentorship programme for over 400 residents of the community, with women being the main target.
The Naa Teley Foundation screened the participants for hepatitis B, blood pressure, blood sugar, pelvic scans, cholesterol levels and prostate.
A significant number of the participants screened for hepatitis B proved positive for the virus, and Dr Bormai said she was enthused about the outcome.
“There is hope for the other carriers, because [the] Naa Teley Foundation would come back in a week’s time to give medical talks on the treatment and prevention of hepatitis B, which is also a deadly disease like the HIV/AIDS,” she explained.
The Naa Teley Foundation Doryumu medical screening was supported by Specialist Gynecologist Dr Theophilus Tay of the King David Medical Center, who provided gynecological services to the participants and naturopathic medical students from the Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine, Tema.
The Naa Teley Foundation was founded this year, and is aimed at providing medical and health outreaches and engaging in advocacy and medical education programmes that target deprived communities in Ghana.
It also has the mission of providing mentorship to the youth in the target communities.
Reverend Daniel Otoo Ackam, District Pastor, Afienya-Asutsuare District of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, added his voice to the clarion call by Dr Bormai on the need for the government to put up a health facility at Doryumu to save lives.
Two additional requests he put before the government were the rehabilitation of Doryumu roads and the construction of a Senior High School.
Above all, Reverend Ackam was thankful to the Naa Teley Foundation for the free health screening, which, he said, was timely.