the Health Committee
The health committee initiates, plans and organises all health-oriented programmes of the association. The committee is made up of a maximum of fourteen members (as well as some co-opt members) with every class being represented.
Miniclinic activities are organised mainly on public holidays such as 6th March Independence Day, 1st July Republic Day as well as miniclinic for deprived communities, market women, institutions, schools, churches, drivers, etc.
Activities undertaken include medical and dental consultation, medical and diabetes screening, dermatological consultation, oral and eye screening, drug dispensary, blood grouping and Hb electrophoresis, breast screening, hepatitis b screening, health education on selected health issues , proper referral systems for conditions requiring expert management.
On the 16th November 2019, the health committee held its mini clinic at BUOHO- AFIGYA KWABRE DISTRICT where locals were screened for high blood pressure and Diabetes mellitus and free consultation and counselling services were offered.
The major goal was to educate the community on the causes, symptoms/signs, complications of diabetes and hypertension,to emphasize the need to visit a health center for health care for regular checkups and the need for compliance to medications. We hoped to reduce the stigma and misconceptions associated with these conditions(Diabetes and hypertension), and also reduce the incidence, prevalence and complications associated.
Students as well as some major stakeholders of the association walk through the principal streets of Kumasi to create awareness on the theme for the year. This could also be an avenue for recreation for student-participants through the provision of some fun activities and outdoor games.
Medical students embark on a one week health campaign on the theme within various districts across the country. By working with District Assemblies (DA), Medical Superintendents (MSs) and
District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), students go on outreaches to hospitals and clinics within the host community, schools, market places, religious places etc. Where possible, radio health talk shows are held. The major component of the campaign is to educate various persons on theme for the year (disease or condition) its symptoms and signs, effects and complications on the individual and the country at large and the need to visit a health facility for management if it is
suspected. Important findings and some recommendations from the outreaches are forwarded to the DAs, MSs and DHMTs.
On 19th October 2019, Students, Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital staff and some major stakeholders of the Medical students association walked through the principal streets of Kumasi to create awareness on breast cancer. Destination was Kumasi mall where breast cancer screening and education took place. Doctors from KATH encouraged the public particularly females to routinely screen for breast cancer and seek medical advice where necessary.
The major component of the campaign was to educate the public on breast cancer, its symptoms and signs, effects and complications on the individual and the country at large and the need to visit a health facility for management.
On the 15th june, we embarked on a health walk on sickle cell awareness organized by Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kath) held in Kumasi.
We celebrated the World Sickle Cell Day on the 19th of June, by raising awareness on various social media platforms and also attended a sickle cell seminar organized By Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital At SSNIT Adum Kumasi.
THEME: REDUCING THE PREVALENCE OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES INCLUDING HEPATITIS B, THROUGH COLLECTIVE EFFORT.It is statistically proven that 499 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur globally each year according to WHO. In Ghana, the national HIV prevalence in 2013 was 1.3%, an estimated 224,488 persons made up of 189,931 adults and 34,557 children (15%) are living with HIV in Ghana. GHS estimates that one in ten Ghanaians have been diagnosed with a variant of hepatitis, translating into 2.5 million Ghanaians living with hepatitis.
There therefore can be no doubt that STIs are not only a public health challenge but it is also having devastating impact on the country. Inadequate education, cultural/social barriers, lack of adequate medical facilities, poverty and political inertia are but a few of the complex factors that facilitate the spread of STIs, which undermines the hard-won economic and social gains Ghana has made so far.
The theme for this years' NHWP is "Reducing the prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Through Collective Effort". The focus of the project is to educate the populace on STIs and the complications of STIs if not treated early or effectively and measures to aim at prevention of acquisition of STIs.
Reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections including hepatitis B.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES · We hope to educate the community on the causes, symptoms of STIs · We hope to educate the community on the need to visit a health center for health care if infected and the need for compliance to medications. · We hope to reduce and the stigma associated with STIs · We hope to reduce the reduce the incidence, prevalence and complications associated with STIs PROPOSED STRATEGIES Use of the media including television, radio, print media to educate people on STIs Educating and empowering the populace about STIs through community durbars, market outreach and institutional outreaches. Visit to homes of the people living the communities we visit to educate and empower them. Working together with the healthcare providers within the communities to educate clients who visit the facilities for healthcare. EXPECTED RESULTS Increased awareness of the major components of STIs Increased public awareness on the symptoms and signs of STIs Increased public awareness on the complications and negative effects of STIs on an individual and the country as a whole Increased public awareness on the need to participate fully and actively in various programs aimed at reducing STI prevalence in Ghana. Reduced prevalence of STIs with the aim of achieving MDG 6 as well as some components of MDG 1, MDG 4AND MDG 5 Increased interest in rural health care delivery among medical students
THEME: “ENHANCEMENT OF BASIC RULES AND COMMITMENTS TO ERADICATE MATERNAL AND NEONATAL MORTALITY”.On Saturday August 31st 2019, a 30-member delegation represented KNUST-MSA at the National Health-week held at Legon. The Launch featured great personalities in the country: Dr Eli Kwasi Atikpui-Registrar Ghana medical and dental council as chairman, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of Ghana, as the Special Guest Speaker, Oheneyere Gifty Antwi (Gender Advocate and Motivational speaker) as the Guest Speaker. During the Launch, Doctors emphasized the need for medical students to join hands/ collaborate with big medical/health care facilities in the country to end maternal and neonatal mortality.