Not for Profit organization; the Eno Heritage Foundation in collaboration with Halo Medical Services has organized a free Hepatitis B screening for Cherubs Orphanage located at Apire here in Kumasi.
Some sixty beneficiaries comprising orphans and care givers also benefited from free eye screening conducted by the National Optometry students Association of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Speaking to Ultimate News on the sidelines of the outreach, Managing Director of Halo Medical Services Dr Hamza Asuma underscored the need for close knit societies like orphanages to be targeted for screening.
‘Looking at this environment you realise you have a lot of kids staying together and there is a tendency for them to transmit certain infections to each other, one of the commonest ones is Hepatitis B. In fact it is more infectious than HIV/AIDS and you realize that if we have a condition that can be prevented then at least as corporate institutions we should take the step into helping these kids prevent this condition and that’s what we have been doing for the past three years.’
‘This is the third home we have been to, and luckily for us, I must mention that this year we’ve had a very strong collaboration with a very vibrant foundation. The Eno Heritage foundation and I must say they’ve been of enormous support as far as this program is concerned,’ he added.
Sharing her motivation for embarking on the project, the managing director of Eno Heritage Foundation; Ms Eno Safo reiterated her passion for attending to the plight of the underprivileged in society.
“We realize that Hepatitis B has become common around the world and homes like these don’t have anybody to help them out, so Eno Heritage Foundation collaborated with Halo Medical Services to bring some sort of relief to the children of Cherubs orphanage, and we also collaborated with the National Optometry Students Association of KNUST so that they could check out the eyes of these little ones, because I doubt that when you’re in an orphanage you get to have these free benefits,” she said.
A social worker at the Cherubs Orphanage Mr. Boakye was grateful for the gesture and asked that more like hearted institutions continue to be of help to the underprivileged in society.
‘they have really been helpful and we are really happy to have them here, we will encourage them to take this as a responsibility the bible tells us to be charitable to orphans, vulnerable and the widow it is really necessary, we need them and their help
The children from the orphanage who benefited from the screening were grateful for the kind gesture which bordered on their health.