We envision a world where access to care isn’t directly proportional to one’s income. As the years go by, healthcare has shown to be increasingly high leaving the poor to the detriment of their health. The marginalized in society have lost valuable lives as a result of preventable diseases. These questions come into play as we try to solve the problems of access to care and poverty: Who are the right stakeholders with greater influence to push a politically feasible alternative that can address this issue. Who constitutes the authorizing environment we need to uphold this process. Who are the individuals or groups who can aid the government in bridging the gap.? This we should know: the health status of an individual is directly proportional to the economic growth of a country. We are trying but there is more to be done. In our small way, we can help the government in this. That is where ISMIS, a non-organizational organization that seeks to support the marginalized in society comes in.
On the 18th of September, 2021 at exactly 8 am, all visionaries who uphold the essence of supporting the marginalized in society met at Tema Newton, Ghana to undertake Free Health Screening for all. This exercise involved providing free laboratory tests, medical screening, medication, and counseling by professionally qualified doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and counselors. Ultimately, we realized that out of the total number of people that attended, 80% were diagnosed with hypertension with an average reading 190/150mmHg. Interventions were put in place to address all people with high blood pressure.
Upon interrogation, it was reported that money was an issue when it came to purchasing their anti-hypertensives. Money is also an issue when it comes to transporting themselves to the health facility for regular check-ups. We realize from this case that many would love to utilize contemporary medicine as seen in the large numbers that partook, however, due to cost, they aren’t able to.
Together, let’s help solve this equation.
Where AC represents access to care
This is to say that, let’s help change this directly proportional equation to an equation where income doesn’t determine one’s access to care and quality health outcome.
When we can solve this, we shall achieve
where HS= health status of an individual
EC= Economic Growth of a country.
This is to say that, when we solve the problem above, the health status of individuals will improve thereby increasing the economic growth of the country, Ghana.
Article by Priscilla Annan