The Counselling Unit of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in collaboration with Peace and Love Hospital and the University Hospital, KNUST has organised a health screening programme as part of its mental awareness week for the Scholars’ Community at KNUST.
The programme which was held at the KNUST’s Faculty of Social Sciences new block sought to enlighten scholars on their health, sickling statuses and take them through breast screening and other blood examination on Hepatitis and sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Dr. Nana Kwame Ofori Ayisi-Boateng, a family physician and Head of Infectious Disease Unit at the University Hospital, KNUST educated the scholars on some infectious diseases and caution them against the dangers of such diseases. Dr. Ayisi-Boateng particularly enlightened the scholars on the dangers of Hepatitis. He took the scholars through the various types of Hepatitis, that is, A, B, C, D and E, the symptoms, and the mode of transmission.
He advised the scholars to visit the hospital when not feeling well and avoid self-medication.
Mr. Richard Opoku, a representative from the Peace and Love Hospital took the female scholars through the breast screening exercise. He educated them on how to care and examine their breasts to avoid infections and to detect any unusual growth in the breast respectively.
The scholars expressed satisfaction for the exercise and urged the Counselling Unit to consider organising it frequently.