Ghana Baptist Convention and Cuyahoga Valley church inaugurate hospital

Accra, Sept 13, GNA-The Ghana Baptist
Convention (GBC) in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley Church, Cleveland
Ohio, USA, have commissioned an ultra-modern hospital for the people of
Nvellenu in the Jomoro District of the Western Region.

The hospital, which is the first phase was
built with the intention of becoming a tertiary one and is equipped with first
class facilities at a cost of $760,000.

It has a theatre, dispensary/pharmacy,
emergency, maternity and recovery wards, injection room, ultra-sound scan and
record offices, consulting rooms and a laboratory.

The second phase of the hospital will
constitute the major in-patient wards structure, a radiology department, a
42-room two- story staff quarters and a much more-bigger theatre.

The construction of the hospital was
necessitated by the long distance of travel by the GBC missionary in, and the
people of the Nvellenu community to access healthcare and it will ease their
burden of travelling far for healthcare delivery.

The hospital will serve the people of the
Jomoro Municipal, Ellembelle and Nzema East Districts and its laboratory is the
best among all laboratories throughout the municipality and the districts.

Reverend Washington Komla Darke, Vice
President Administration of the GBC said it existed to evangelise people,
disciple believers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, plant churches, train leaders
and minister to meet the spiritual and socio-economic needs of people through
strong and vibrant structures and institutions, and in cooperation with
relevant bodies.

He said the Convention and its International
Mission Board partners for the past sixty years had complemented government
efforts in the provision of quality health care for the people of North Eastern
part of Ghana through the Baptist Medical Centre (BMC), Nalerigu.

Rev Komla Darke said the BMC, served as a
district health facility and had a bed capacity of about 180, and was expected
to increase to 300 by the close of year.

He said the establishment of the hospitals was
in line with the vision and mission of the Church, adding that, for the past 16
years, the Nzema home missionary has worked tirelessly to bring the Gospel of
Jesus Christ to the people considered as unreached people group with the
establishment of about 56 churches.

Rev Komla Darke said, for the past four years,
the GBC Health Service worked for the accreditation of seven health facilities
by the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) including; the hospital and
was mindful of the importance of addressing the basic social needs from the
grass-root level.    

“The GBC commits itself to continue to
complement government’s effort at reducing the maternal and child mortality
rate, control the spread of preventable diseases such as HIV and AIDS, Malaria
and many more through its health facilities and programmes and hope that the
convention  collaboration with Government
will be enhanced for the benefit of the Citizenry”.

The Vice President said the CVC group
recognised that health care facility was a critical need for the people of
Nzema, which they committed themselves to put up.

He said the Convention envisaged the expansion
of the hospital to be a tertiary hospital in the years to come.“The CVC have
also committed to paying staff remuneration and allowances until the BHS is
able to secure posting from CHAG and the Convention appreciates the dedication
of CVC to ensure the people of Nzema have the best of health care”.

Rev Komla Darke said the GBC through its
Medical Services Council and the Baptist Health Services would continue to
explore other funding avenues to supplement the contribution of CVC and other
partners to make the Nzema and all Baptist Hospitals a Centre of excellence.

“Our Training Centre at Frankadua in the
Eastern Region trains ex-Trokosi girls, Early childhood schools in the Mafia
area of the Volta Region, the Baptist Child Development Programmes in the
Northern Region benefiting over 2000 children, provision of boreholes for
community, relief support, the establishment of Kumasi Academy and Ghana
Baptist University College”.

Dr Ron P. Cleveland, Team Leader of the CVC
said many human hands had played a role in the planning, financing, and the
construction of the hospital and each one of them was involved by God to
accomplish the purpose.

He said “there were also many people who
played roles in the building project, especially, Pastor Rick Duncan, the
former Senior Pastor and Missions Director at Cuyahoga Valley Church, whose
vision and passion for global missions encouraged us all to come to Ghana.”

Nana Moamezie II of Tiapoum thanked the GBC
and CVC for adding social intervention responsibilities to its gospel
proclamation and appealed to them for a nursing school to support the
community.

Other dignitaries present were; the Dr.
Gabriel Sakyi Kwofie, Chairman Medical Services Council, Mr. Ernest Kwofie, The
Municipal Chief Executive, Dr. Isaac Duah, Deputy Director of  CHAG, Municipal Director of Health Services
and Heads of Organisations.

GNA

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