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Health News of Sunday, 3 February 2019

Source: Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang

MEMHREP storms Ejisu community for Hepatitis B screening

An official getting ready to take a blood sample of an inhabitant of Ejisu

MEMHREP Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) headquartered in the United Kingdom continues to make its social presence felt in Ghana, especially in the areas of health, education and agriculture.

Having emerged as the best NGO in maize production in the Atwima-Kwanwoma District in 2014, the NGO's objective of ridding our streets off people suffering from mental health illnesses continues to hit the headlines. MEMHREP, for the past seven years, has been offering care, material and health support to these unfortunate human beings which they refer to as "Nyame Adehye3".

Currently, plans are far-advanced to accommodate and reintegrate the mentally-ill patients back into the society through training and skills acquisition.

Strategically, MEMHREP is tackling the root cause of mental health problems by embarking on outreach programmes in basic schools and targeted communities. The pupils are being exposed to the dangers of drug abuse such as the use of tramadol and weed and how to combat that menace. And to add to the series of outreach and educational programmes earmarked for the year, 2019, Team MEMHREP was at Akokoamong and Ejisu Communities in the Ashanti Region to screen patients and support staff on Hepatitis B.

According to Mr. Kelvin Ayisah, Deputy Administrator, MEMHREP-Ghana, the screening which took place on 24th January, 2019, was done purposely to prevent the members of the afore-mentioned communities and the patients from attracting any form of illness that may lead to distress or mental illness.

The health screening programme was well-patronised as about 50 patients detected with the Hepatitis B were made aware and referred to the appropriate hospitals for treatment whilst the cost of such treatment will be borne by MEMHREP.

It is in the light of these gestures that MEMHREP has opened its door for all philanthropists, the government, institutions, individuals, and religious bodies to come to the Organisation's aid in this noble cause.

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