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The Psychology department of the University of Ghana, Legon, has undertaken a health screening exercise to mark the golden jubilee anniversary celebration of the department. It is also to create awareness and sensitization, among others.
The health screening is also aimed at donating blood to support the national blood transfusion service.
Head of the Psychology department, Dr Wiafe Akenteng, in an interview noted that the screening would make it possible to examine the health conditions of students and staffs.
He said, since good health leads to better life, the screening will determine the health status of all participants.
“Health is very important and would make you work effectively and efficiently, so this will allow all the participants to know their health status. Also, health professionals are available to examine them professionally,” he stated.
He said due to the shortage of blood at the blood bank, the exercise would make it possible to add some pints of blood as well reasonable number of youthful students have volunteered to donate blood.
“We decided to collaborate with the national blood transfusion service to support in the blood donation exercise as a way of showing concern to the nation,” he stated.
Dr. Wiafe hinted, that the authorities would collaborate with alumni of the department to deliberate on how to empower the young graduates after education.
“We will engage with all alumni of the department to educate the young graduates on the profession after completion and how to enhance their capabilities to work efficiently,” he added.
He said, though the department is faced with a lots of challenges, the vice chancellor has promised to address them in due course.
“We are faced with lots of challenges like lack of offices, laboratories and other relevant logistics but our concerns are being channeled to the vice chancellor who has promised to address them accordingly,” he stated.
The health screening was also supported by the Lunette Optical service and the University hospital.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey