Elijeko Foundation urges government to support preventive health education

As part of the efforts to create more awareness on breast cancer and also educate young girls on the need to stay healthy, Elijeko Foundation conducted its 10th Community Health Promotion event at Kumasi Wesley Girls Senior High School and St. Michael Educational Complex both in Kumasi, Ashanti Region.

The event was in commemoration of the Breast Cancer Awareness month celebration.

The team led by Mr. Samuel Oduro Mensah provided hands-on training on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Self-Breast Examination.

Students were also educated on how to detect and prevent Urinary Tract Infections, Upper Respiratory Infections, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

The lead Medical Advisor, Mrs. Priscilla Amma Pokuaah, a Physician Assistant at Kama (Mikaddo) Clinic in Kumasi entreated students to abstain from unprotected sex and maintain proper hygiene.

“Many of the young patients we receive at our health facilities suffer from conditions that can easily be prevented through proper hygiene”, she said “I admonish all female students to stay away from patronizing illegal medications, especially body-enhancing drugs which have the potential to inflict a negative impact on them in the future”.

Speaking in an interview the founder of Elijeko Foundation, Mr. Andrews Nyantakyi who serves as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy said the focus of the foundation’s Community Health Promotion events is to promote preventive and safe health practices in Ghana as well as other sub-Saharan African countries.

“Our model is simple: we go to schools, churches as well as community gatherings with our team to provide basic preventive health education, and detection techniques for illnesses that are prevalent in our societies. We are working to support the United Nations 3rd Sustainable Development Goal which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, he added.

The Chaplain of the school, Reverend Peter Nimo, commended the organization for its contribution towards health promotion in Ghana and pleaded with the team to work with the school in setting up a sick bay to provide timely health interventions to students when needed.

Mr. Samuel Oduro Mensah, the Country Director for Elijeko Foundation urged the government and other relevant bodies to support the promotion of preventive health education in Ghana.