By: Mathias Amoah
As part of its commitment to improve lives in communities across the country, Vodafone Ghana Foundation has provided free healthcare to over 700 residents of Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo region.
Through its innovative initiative ‘HealthFest’, the Foundation offered members of the community an opportunity to be screened for diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, hepatitis B and glaucoma. The Foundation also created a gym and aerobics section to promote healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.
In addition to the screening, the Foundation and its partners provided free medication and medical advice for some specific diseases.
“I am so happy to receive this healthcare for free and the doctors have been very helpful,” said Yaa Serwaa, a delighted beneficiary. “I thank Vodafone for making it possible for some of us who would otherwise be denied access to such services due to lack of funds.”
HealthFest, which was launched this year, is in line with the Foundation’s long-term commitment to improving the lives of people in communities. So far, three regions namely; Greater Accra, Ashanti, and the Brong-Ahafo have benefitted from the initiative.
Addressing the media, Corporate Communication Manager for Vodafone Ghana, Daniel Kissi Asiedu, said that the year-long exercise is aimed at providing free quality healthcare to people of deprived communities in Ghana.
According to Daniel, the HealthFest train would be moving to other parts of the country in the coming months with its team of medical experts.
“HealthLine 255 is a medical call centre, run by clinical staff and provides expert medical advice to people. The centre opens daily from 4pm to 10pm including Sundays,” said Asiedu
Since its establishment in 2009, Vodafone Foundation has championed social and impactful investment programmes in the country, including the construction of boreholes and the refurbishment of both the child and adult cancer wards of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Meanwhile, barely after a month of launching ‘Heathline App to assist Ghanaians who will have problem on health issues, the company that more 10,000 times of the application has been already downloaded.
According to Vodafone, there is no doubt the app will be a tremendous success considering the smartphone penetration in the country.
Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Gifty Bingley said Vodafone’s newest innovation drive to empower Ghanaians about their health is fast growing.
“We take healthcare serious, hence our commitment to ensure credible health information through the award winning television programme, Heallthline, and via the phone on Healthline 255,’ she noted.
The App, which is available on Google play store for free, provides Ghanaians with real-time health information through smartphones and tablets no matter who, or where you are.
It also provides tips and facts on various health conditions; including HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Retinal Migraines and Acne just to mention a few. It keeps users up-to-date on Vodafone Ghana’s award-winning television programme ‘HealthLine’, including viewing times, profiles of the doctors, and access to videos.