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On Saturday, 11th November, 2017, a number of Lions Clubs in Ghana led by the Accra Diamond Lions Club provided free diabetes screening and education in commemoration of World Diabetes Day which falls on November 14, every year.
Diabetes especially (Type 2) is a global public health crisis that threatens the economies of all nations, particularly developing countries. In view of this, the Lions Clubs with sponsorship from Groupe Ideal provided the drivers, mates, traders and passengers of the Madina Lorry Station (Koforidua station) free diabetes screening and education that day.
The screening comprised, Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of the body's fatness, blood pressure and Random Blood Sugar (RBS) testing. Another level of sugar testing was introduced in this year's screening which was the glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c).
The HbA1c provides more accurate information about a person's average blood sugar level over a 3-month period. All those with high RBS levels were therefore asked to take the HbA1c test. Free malaria test was also provided to the general public.
Free glucometres were given to those with high HbA1c levels to help them monitor their sugar levels henceforth. They were asked to seek medical attention immediately. The free glucometres and subsidised HbA1c tests were provided by Codix Healthcare Limited. In total, about 242 people were screened while 30 of them had high RBS and were subsequently asked to take the HbA1c test.
Out of this number 15 of them went home with free glucometres due to the very high sugar levels recorded. Besides the diabetes tests, a total of 150 people also took the malaria test.
The activity was very well patronised by the people of the Madina Lorry Station. As part of the publicity, opportunity was also given a representative of Firstrust to educate the patrons of the activities on the various products of the company and to also share fliers to them.
The total cost of the activity was GHS 7,860.