More than 2,000 people, mostly women and children drawn from various market squares in the Greater Accra Region have benefited from a free medical outreach organised by the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) as part of Golden Jubilee programme of activities.
The medical screening was conducted by a team of 250 medical experts made up of doctors, nurses, paramedics from hospitals in the country, who provided various screening including vital statistics, blood sugar testing, Physio Therapy, Eye test, HIV, Breast Screening. The team also screened the beneficiaries for malaria, diabetes, hypertension, and ultra sound scan.
The exercise was organised for market men and women from various markets including Kantamato, Agbogbloshie, Okaishie, Kaneshie, Tema station, Abossey Okai and its environs at the Royalhouse Chapel on 12th October 2019.
Participants who were diagnosed with diseases were given medication while those with serious conditions were referred to hospital for expert attention.
Addressing journalists after going round to inspect various activities, the President of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso noted that the Council does not only see to the spiritual welfare of its members and Ghanaians as a whole but also their good health .
“The ministry of the Church is not only spiritual but also physical. We believe the Lord heals but also heals through medical professionals. We do not only encourage and promote it but we are also part that is why our member churches such the Church of Pentecost, Assemblies of God have clinics and hospitals,” the President explained.
Rev. Frimpong-Manso who is also the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana encouraged more member churches and organisations of GPCC to build more hospitals and clinics for the promotion of good health of their members.
Advising Reverend Ministers, the Man of God urged “do not send people to prayer camps, do not chain people and cast demons when they are not there. Some of this things are mental and they need proper mental examination.”
The General Secretary of the Council, Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah said some pharmaceutical companies were kind enough to donate drugs to the Council so they could give further treatment from the prescription given to patients by the doctors.
“We are doing this to help meet the health needs of the people who have attended the health screening,” he said.
With October being Breast Cancer awareness month, Rev. Barrigah said the Council also held an educational session for women on how to examine their breasts to easily detect a sign of breast cancer as part of the outreach.
The General Secretary expressed appreciation to all donors and sponsors for making the Medical Outreach a success.
In an interview with the medical team, the Medical Director at the Community Hospital of Kukurantumi in the East Akim District of the Eastern Region, Dr. Charles Ofosu Debrah admonished Ghanaians to make it a habit to go for frequent checkups to know their health status .
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS