GIHOC Distilleries Clinic screens workers for breast, cervical, prostate cancers
The Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) Distilleries Clinic in collaboration with Medylife Healthcare has held a free medical screening on breast, cervical and prostate cancers for its employees and neighbouring companies at their premises.
The screening, which was part of GIHOC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was aimed at creating awareness about the three deadly diseases and educating the public on how to prevent these diseases.
About 102 workers were present for the screening, made up of 56 females and 46 males.
The head of the medical team, Dr Nana Amma Owusu-Aqyeman, together with her team examined the prostate, breast and cervix to check for any abnormality in both men and women who took part in the exercise.
According to her, prostate, breast and cervical cancers were the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, so there was the need for the public to be more concerned about their health issues.
“Among the individuals that were screened, about 40 per cent were suspected positive cases and were requested to run further investigations,” she disclosed.
Dr Owusu-Aqyeman advised the public to practise self-examination of their breast at home and not wait for only October to be examined.
The Human Resource/Administrative and Legal Manager of GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited, Mr Roger A. Chimah, said the human health was very essential to the company, hence the organisation of the exercise to attend to the health concerns of the workers.
According to him, the exercise was previously limited to the females but this year, the medical team decided to include the men as well because they were also victims of breast and other cancerous diseases.
He advised workers to make their health a priority and take advantage of every opportunity for health screening.
By Linda Abrefi Wadie