SOFPOG Holds Free Medical Screening For Korle Gonno Residents To Mark 2018 World Family Doctor Day
The Society of Family Physicians of Ghana(SOFPOG) has organized a free health screening for residents of Korle Gonno community to mark this year’s World Family Doctor Day.
The World Family Doctor Day is held every year on May 19, to highlight the role and contributions of family doctor in health care systems around the world.
This importance of the day was initially set aside in 2010 by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and is currently celebrated globally.
The screening, which took place at the Mount Zion Methodist church in Korle Gono was dubbed “A Family Doctor For Every Family”.
In an interview with Dr. Henry Lawson, Africa Regional President for World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) said, everybody should choose on particular health facility as his/ her primary care provider rather than shopping for health at various facilities as is the usual practice.
” One can always seek a second opinion but that is better done in conjunction with one’s primary care provider in which case he/she would have a referral stating all treatments that has already been given”.
He further stated that, Patients should seek health advice from qualified health personnel rather than from family and friends who may not have adequate knowledge to help.
SOFPOG has also noted with concern that a significant number of Ghanaians relying on unregulated traditional medicine for healing.
It has therefore called on Minister of Health and the Director General of the Ghana Health Service endeavour to as a matter of urgency integrate traditional medicine and Orthodox medicine and also ensure that traditional practitioners in the country are properly train, licensed and regulated.
SOFPOG has equally encouraged all Ghanaians to enroll on the National Health Insurance Scheme including other health insurance packages so that in the event of illness, they can receive health care without much financial burden.
SOFPOG also used the occasion to appeal to Government, the WHO and other International Organizations, NGOs, Corporate bodies and other funding agencies to support the training of family physicians in Ghana.
They have also urged Doctors into private practice across the country to update their knowledge in Family Medicine.
Again, SOFPOG said they believe that no person should be denied the opportunity to have a family doctor, irrespective of their Location, Economic status, age or sex.
According to them: “this is the basis for the campaign on the need for every family to have a family doctor when possible in the near future”.