AmaCares, a non-profit organization that advocates against child sexual abuse, has organized a free health screening exercise for the people of Sekyere-Kwamang in the Ashanti region.
The exercise held on Wednesday saw about five hundred persons screened and given free medication by qualified health practitioners.
The exercise was part of AmaCares’ 6-day awareness campaign against child sexual abuse in the community.
“Our main aim here is to educate the community on the menace of child sexual abuse as well as equipping them with knowledge/skills on how to address it. These doctors and nurses you’re seeing here will highlight the effects of child sexual abuse after the screening. With time, the narrative will change,” said Benedicta Ama Batcho, Founder and CEO of AmaCares.
The team later donated some medicines to the Kwamang Health Centre.
Receiving the items, Matey-Korley Evans, a Senior Staff Nurse expressed utmost gratitude to AmaCares for its benevolence.
Prior to the exercise, Team AmaCares paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Sekyere-Kwamang, Barima Britwum Okyere Darko II, who gave them a warm reception.
While expressing joy over AmaCare’s decision to engage his people, he was optimistic the exercise will not be in futility.
Ms Batcho called on all to join the fight against child sexual abuse.
She was of the view that parents must pay keen attention to their children; educate them on how to escape any form of sexual abuse as well as ensuring that persons who abuse their children are reported to the appropriate authorities.
“It is time to make noise about the problem,” she says. “When we make noise about it, we would get the needed solutions. Let us rise up as Ghanaians and create awareness and we can fight child sexual abuse.”