Multiple award-winning Hiplife artiste, Okyeame Kwame and his team of dedicated medical personnel from MDS-Lancet Laboratory in Accra is to screen about 1,200 people for Hepatitis B in Tamale this Saturday, February 25.
The rapper and his team will pitch camp at the palace of the Chief of Tamale, Dakpema Dawuni Abdulai and their mission would be to screen the estimated 1,200 Ghanaians free-of-charge as part of his nationwide Hepatitis B screening which started last year.
Okyeame Kwame, who disclosed this on Monday, said the screening which is powered by his Okyeame Kwame Hepatitis B Foundation (supported by the MTN-Ghana Foundation) had so far screened about 38,000 Ghanaians, and hoped his aim of reaching 5,000 Ghanaians with free Hepatitis B screening would be achieved on Saturday.
Last year, the foundation organized free Hepatitis B campaigns – including education and screenings – in some parts of the country.
In all, about 38,000 Ghanaians benefited from free medical attention and screening at events held at the British Council Hall and Kwame Nkrumah Circle (in Accra), Prempeh Assembly Hall, KNUST Campus and Ayigya Taxi Rank (in Kumasi), the Methodist Church at Nkawkaw (Eastern region), and the Market Circle at Takoradi, among others.
Okyeame Kwame said in a press statement, “Because my overall target is to screen 5,000 Ghanaians in the short term, and I am hoping that we reach that figure in Tamale. This, therefore, means that we’re going to hopefully screen 1,200 at the Chief’s Palace in Tamale, so I entreat everybody, including women and children to come there in their numbers.”
He explained that apart from the support that his Hepatitis B Foundation enjoys from MTN-Ghana Foundation and MDS Lancet Laboratory, the free screening drive also secures funding through proceeds from the sale of his album – The Clinic.
“As I have said, 20 per cent of the sales I make from my album go into the free Hepatitis screening, so if you patronize my album, you’re supporting a good cause,” Okyeame Kwame added, as he sent words of gratitude to Coca Cola “for supporting us with drinks to refresh everybody we screen.”
Okyeame Kwame, real name Kwame Nsiah-Apau, is also set to drop a single on Hepatitis B later this year to help the campaign.