ASA Savings and Loans Limited, Meduma Branch, has organised a health screening exercise for residents and customers at Meduma and its environs in the Kwabre East Municipality of the Ashanti Region.
The exercise, which is targetted to improve the well-being of customers and host community members in general, benefitted close to 200 residents.
The patrons were screened for various ailments including ear, nose and throat (ENT) examination, malaria, blood pressure, blood sugar, syphilis, hepatitis B, among others.
ASA Savings and Loans Limited has made health screening exercise a regular feature of its corporate social responsibility activities across the country.
Among others, patrons of this health outreach say it is helping to deepen health awareness and, thus, has become a programme they always look out for in the calendar year.
The Area Manager of ASA, Mampong Area, Alexander Opoku Ayitey, who was present during the exercise, in his remarks, encouraged host community members to patronise such CSR activities undertaken by the company.
ASA, he said, is committed to contributing their quota to the development of local communities, particularly people who do business with them. He, therefore, entreated the residents to continue to work with ASA, especially given that the company has instituted several initiatives to give back the society.
ASA, he said, recognises that ‘health is wealth’ and therefore, ensuring the well-being of the customers and generally those within the host communities of ASA is a key concern.
It is given this, that ASA Savings and Loans dedicates part of its operating funds yearly to organise health screening exercises for existing and potential customers across the country, he added.
Dr. Antwi Bosiako of the Christ Setoria Clinic in Kronum, who led the medical team, observed that while patrons are screened for several conditions, some common diagnoses made included high blood pressure, waist problems, as well as high cases of malaria.
He noted that this was common among traders; he therefore encouraged them to clean their surroundings to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, make time to periodically check their health status, follow their medication, as well as take time off their busy schedules to rest.
The Branch Manager of ASA Meduma Branch, Musah Issah, said in addition to organising the health programmes, ASA continues to undertake other initiatives that impact their host communities.
For instance, he said ASA complements the exercise with the supply of free medication. He was hopeful the patrons – comprising existing and potential customers of the company – will make it a habit to regularly check their health status.