The Ntuune Pogyua Foundation, a non-profit organization, demonstrated its commitment to community health by organizing a free health screening event for the elderly residents of Gambibgo in the Bolgatanga East District.
Beneficiaries, primarily aged 60 and above, underwent comprehensive health screenings, including checks for early signs of dementia, blood pressure assessments, and random blood sugar level examinations to detect hypertension and diabetes.
The event, falling under the Foundation's “Adopt a Senior Citizen Project,” extended to head-to-toe physical examinations, and rapid diagnostic tests for malaria parasites, and facilitated the registration and renewal of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards.
Dr. Nadia Adongo Fynn, President of the Foundation and a Canadian-trained Gerontologist, explained the organization's origins, stating, “The Foundation was launched in the community in December 2018 and named after a nickname of her father.”
She emphasized her passion for elderly care and the motivation behind establishing the Foundation to utilize her expertise for the betterment of the community.
Dr. Fynn, accompanied by Mr. Mathew Silas Amoah, New Patriotic Party's Parliamentary Candidate for the area, highlighted the Foundation's growth, now catering to over 500 senior citizens, up from the initial 100.
The health-focused initiative aligns with Dr. Fynn's belief that “health is wealth,” and she expressed her dedication to prioritizing health-related initiatives.
“We were able to help some of the senior citizens who had diabetes and hypertension but didn't know. Through the health screening, we were able to diagnose and put them on medications,” Dr. Fynn recounted the Foundation's successes in addressing previously undiagnosed health issues.
Post-screening, the Foundation's volunteers plan to conduct home visits to ensure ongoing care for the beneficiaries.
Dr. Fynn expressed gratitude to supporters, including her husband, friends, and colleagues, for their contributions to the Foundation's impactful work.
Senior citizens, appreciative of the health support received annually, expressed their thanks to Dr. Fynn and her team.
They offered prayers for continued success and blessings in her compassionate efforts to enhance the well-being of the elderly in the community.