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Sacred Heart Parish Marks 130th Anniversary with Free Health Screening

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The Sacred Heart Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra celebrated its 130th anniversary on Saturday, 6th May 2023, with a free health screening exercise at the church premises. The event was aimed at giving back to the community where the parish has resided for the past thirteen decades.

The exercise saw the participation of about six hundred (600) parishioners and members of the parish community. The church understands the importance of maintaining good health among its members and the community, hence the initiative to organise the health screening. Participants, including children, were screened for various diseases, including malaria, hepatitis B, diabetes, hypertension, and breast cancer. The beneficiaries also had the opportunity to check their body mass index (BMI), receive eye care, and consult medical officers on diet and other illnesses.

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The church collaborated with the National Health Insurance Scheme to register beneficiaries without health insurance onto the scheme, while those with expired membership had it renewed for them. This move was to ensure that the beneficiaries had access to quality healthcare services.

According to the Chairman of the 130th Anniversary Planning Committee of the parish, Mr Joseph Ashianor, the purpose of the health screening was to detect diseases/illnesses in people who may not be aware or show signs of illness early. Mrs Florence Mensah, the convener of the Parish Health Committee, added that it was also to provide an opportunity for those who could not afford frequent medical check-ups due to financial constraints to have access to medical care. Health officers offered medical advice to those with health conditions and free treatment in some cases.

The event was successful, thanks to the collaborative effort of the parish medical team, the medical team from the Catholic Professionals’ Guild, and other health workers who assisted with the exercise. In a nutshell, the health screening exercise organised by the Sacred Heart Parish was a laudable initiative aimed at promoting good health and wellness among its members and the community at large. The church’s gesture is a testament to its commitment to improving the lives of the people within its locality.

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