International Youth Day health outreach in the face of striking doctors in Ghana

Nyinasin, Cape Coast, August 11, 2015 – Doctors in various public health facilities in Ghana have laid down their tools for nearly a week as part of a nationwide strike to demand better remuneration for their services.  Negotiations are ongoing between the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Medical Association and media reports indicate continuous increase in the number of patients seen at Out Patient Departments in major public hospitals across the country.

A volunteer attending to a beneficiary

A volunteer attending to a beneficiary

It is in this light that the health outreach to commemorate International Youth Day 2015, organized by UNIC Accra and the FEB Foundation and supported by UNFPA, the Ghana Aids Commission, and the National Youth Authority could not have come at a better time. The event aimed to provide free health services to the residents of Nyinasin and Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana.  Residents of these two communities are

Some of the volunteers in action attending to beneficiaries

Some of the volunteers in action attending to beneficiaries

challenged with inadequate health facilities, among others. Dozens of young volunteers from the medical field—students, doctors, nurses and pharmacists—spent nearly 8 hours to provide free medical service.

More residents awaiting their turn to be attended to

More residents awaiting their turn to be attended to

Several cases of malaria, fever, malnutrition, diabetes, high blood pressure, diarrhea, skin rashes and many water borne diseases were recorded during the exercise.  Personnel provided as much relief as the available resources could cater; participants were also educated on personal hygiene, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention, water treatment methods, nutrition and other disease prevention lifestyles.