Public healthcare in Ghana has remained unsolved, especially to citizens in the rural and deprived areas of the country. A number of factors contribute to this fact. Some being lack of access to information, basic facilities and distance to health facilities and others such as good roads, electricity, hospitals and even low economic conditions. This remains both national and social headache, because innocent citizens die of minor diseases which can easily be cured through first aid.
In helping to mitigate such problems and bringing healthcare to the doorsteps of those in deprived areas, the Air Force Base, Tamale, in collaboration with Marie Stopes, a non-governmental organization that provide contraception and family planning services, on Thursday October 25, 2018, organized a medical outreach programme for the residents of Langa, a suburb of Savelugu district in the Northern region.
The General Officer Commanding Northern Command, Brig Gen Francis Ofori and the Air Force Base Commander (Tamale), Gp Capt Reginald Cole visited the place to observe proceedings.
The programme provided free diagnosis, treatments and consultancy services for the indigenes. There was also a talk on family planning.
Flt Lt Heindel Senayah, a medical officer with the team said they were able to attend to about 600 patients. According to him, some of the cases attended to were Malaria, Hepatitis B, Anaemia, and Hypertension.
He said some medical students from the University for Development Studies (UDS) came to support them. He added that, companies such as Ernest Chemist, Kinapharma and Access Bank also supported able to aid them in the organization of the event.