Vodafone's award-winning Healthline programme got off to a great start this weekend on national television.
The first of the thirteen episodes focused on diseases of the prostate and sought to disabuse the minds of the general public on certain myths to do with masturbation.
The medical team, led by practitioners Aba Folson and Kwekuma Yalley, showed great insight and confidence in tackling the issues with the hostess Frema Asiedu.
"Technically, masturbation does not cause stroke. The downside could be that it can affect your overall relationship with others and also your religious position," said Dr. Aba Folson in response to a query from the Hostess.
The programme also showcased a medical success story involving a little girl with a strange eye disease. This little girl, Sarah Botchway, was abandoned by her mother at an early age due to the condition. The stigma associated with her disease became unbearable for the little child and her foster parents. When the Vodafone Healthline team got wind of the information, they wasted no time in coming to her rescue. Sarah eventually got the medical attention she needed, through surgery by Dr. James Clark and the team, to correct the anomaly.
An Urologist, Dr. Paul Yegbe also educated the general public on the male prostate, advising middle-aged men to engage in regular screening to enable early detection and treatment.
This year's edition has been well packaged and improved with other interesting segments to take healthcare information to a different level. The programme has significantly contributed to changing the lives of Ghanaians since its debut some ten years ago. It has gone about its business by providing expert health information and advice that have encouraged and empowered them to take control of their lives.