More than 150 people in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region have benefited from a free health and eye screening exercise organised by the Asogli State as part of its 2022 Te Za (Yam Festival) celebrations.
The screening was held at the Asogli Palace in Ho with beneficiaries such as children, the youth and the aged, who got their eyesight examined for common conditions like cataracts and glaucoma.
The free healthcare exercise was an initiative of Mama Bobi III, Asafonyonufia of Ho Bankoe.
More than 500 patrons, who joined the health walk, also received screening for various health conditions at the Ho Jubilee Park, where medical teams from the Volta Regional Hospital, and the Ho Municipal Health Directorate attended to the populace.
Mama Bobi III, who is also a Circuit Court Judge in real life, in an engagement with the media during a presentation of spectacles and other optical aids to merited beneficiaries.
She pointed out that this year’s festival was focused more on the vulnerable, single parents, and the youth and therefore included events like a youth empowerment day and a women’s day celebration as part of the activities.
Mama Bobi III divulged that the health screening came from her commitment to the well-being of the community and was expected to assist the public in accessing free medical care.
She, therefore, expressed satisfaction with the turnout at both centres and said, “This screening is my way of giving back to the Asogli State” while appealing to the populace to commit to preserving their health.
“Health is a priceless wealth. Invest while you can,” the Asafonyonufia quoted.
Mr Amenyo, one of the beneficiaries said the cost of eye care caused him to endure dimming sight following an industrial accident and was therefore grateful for the initiative.
The exercise at the Jubilee Park provided free medications including anti-malaria, multivitamins, and pain killers, and volunteers from the Lions Club International District 418, which had supported the initiative, helped the health workers meet the swell of attendees.
Meanwhile, queues were formed at the Asogli Palace as early as 0500 hours for the eye screening.
The 2022 Asogli Te Za is on the theme, “Let’s Eschew Greed and Unite for the Development of our People”, and highlights include an anti-corruption day celebration, the hailing of the new yam, and a summit of Ewe Chiefs in the West African sub-region.
Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli, would sit in State at the Palace forecourt on Friday, September 9, and host a grand durbar at the Jubilee Park the next day to climax the festival.
A State dinner dance, thanksgiving service in all divisions of the State, and a football match between the Accra Hearts of Oak and Asogli would crown the festival.