Free surgical operation for the needy
More than 50 people suffering from diseases such as hernia, gall bladder problems, breast problems, hysterectomies, ovarian cysts, soft tissue masses, fibroids, among others, benefited from the free surgical operations.
The Chairman of HEOW, Mr Godfried Awere Nyanteh, told the Daily Graphic that the programme was over-subscribed and expressed the hope that another opportunity would present itself for the team to come back to Ghana to conduct a similar exercise.
He commended the surgical team for its dedication and promised to continue with the collaboration so that such exercises would be organised in other areas in future.
The Superintendent in charge of the Tetteh Quashie Memorial Hospital, Dr Mawuli Kotope Gyakobo, said the exercise and some surgical equipment that the US surgical team brought came at the right time to assist the hospital.
Touching on problems facing the hospital, he said it was pathetic that the elevator at the hospital which broke down frequently was currently not in use.
‘Currently the staff of the hospital and family members have to carry pregnant women in labour to the sixth floor of the hospital for medical attention,’ he revealed.
Dr Gyakobo also complained about the delayed release of the facility’s funds by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA).
He explained that the reduced cost of treatment by the NHIA and the delayed payments were gradually bringing hospitals in the country to their knees.
The leader of the INSHI team, Dr Kevin Clarke, commended his Ghanaian counterparts for their hospitality and promised that the visit would not be the last one the for group.
Some of the beneficiaries of the programme thanked the INSHI team for collaborating with the hospital and the Health Education on Wheels to bring relief to them.
By Emmanuel Adu-Gyamerah/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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