Newmont donates medical equipment to KBTH Children’s ward

Newmont Africa has donated medical equipment worth over GHS 129,000 to the Children’s Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to enhance the quality of healthcare.

A statement issued by Newmont Africa said the equipment donated were a Mobile Portable Electric Suction Machine, a Promedic Pulse Oximeter, 10L, 40L, and 50L oxygen cylinders, and food warmers, among others.

It quoted the Head of Safety and Sustainability at Newmont’s Business Unit in Africa, Mr Ashley Armarego, to have said the gesture formed part of the company’s commitment to the safety and well-being of not just its workforce but the broader community.

‘It is also a result of our cross-functional collaboration, and I am happy that the company continues to make a difference in the lives of people through its operations.

‘I am proud of the team’s dedication to the well-being of the communities in which we operate,’ he said.

Armarego said safety was Newmont’s utmost priority and at the core of its operations and ‘it is on the back of this that
we extend this value beyond our walls into our host communities.’

‘Supporting the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital’s Children’s Ward is one of the many things that give Newmont’s purpose its essence’.

The statement said Dr Taiba Jibril Afaa, Acting Head of the Department for the children’s Ward, thanked Newmont for the gesture, adding it was timely and would significantly enhance the hospital’s capacity to offer quality treatment to the children in their care.

‘We want to express our sincere thanks to Newmont for their generous support during this time of oxygen shortage.

The items provided will be put to good use, and we look forward to building a strong relationship with Newmont in future,’ She added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Oncology Nurse Specialist encourages men to go for breast cancer screening

Mrs Gifty Sarfo Annan, an Oncology Nurse Specialist at the Tamale Teaching Hospital has underscored the need for men to periodically undertake medical screening on breast cancer to know their status.

She said this would ensure early detection and treatment and reduce any medical complications associated with the disease.

Mrs Annan said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tamale on the sidelines of an event organised to sensitise and screen members of blind and deaf community of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD) on breast cancer.

Mrs Annan said contrary to misconceptions that breast cancer could only be identified with women, it was critical for members of the public to know that the disease was on a rise among men.

She said ‘Breast cancer does not discriminate. Both men and women must show interest in screening to enhance early detection and treatment.’

She emphasised that ‘World Health Organization reports that about 0.5 to one per cent of men are likely to get breast
cancer, which means that if you take about one thousand men, one of them is likely to have breast cancer.’

The event was organised by Cancer Care for Humanity International, an NGO, which is committed to enhancing awareness creation on cervical and breast cancer.

It was also used to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day.

Mrs Annan was worried that though the exercise was meant for both genders, men did not show up for the exercise because of the misconception about breast cancer.

She emphasised that the disease was treatable and encouraged both men and women to avoid self-medication and rather seek early medical attention.

Madam Abubakari Sahadatu Nimatu, Northern Regional President of GFD praised Cancer Care for Humanity International for the exercise, and expressed optimism that the knowledge gained would help minimise breast cancer cases amongst them.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Qatar Charity Commissions Clinics, Nurses’ Quarters, Mechanized Boreholes in Choggu and Gamanzi

Qatar Charity, an international non-governmental organization, has unveiled two health clinics in Ghana’s Northern Region, marking a significant stride in bolstering healthcare infrastructure.

The inauguration captured one clinic situated in Choggu (Tamale North constituency) and the other in Gamanzi (Yendi).

The newly established facilities are comprehensive in scope, featuring OPD waiting areas, consulting rooms, pharmacies, laboratories, male and female wards, delivery units, quarantine areas, and WASH facilities.

Mr Mohammed Ali, the Health Project Coordinator representing Qatar Charity’s Country Director, Mr Hasan Owda, emphasized that the primary aim was to combat neonatal and maternal mortality rates and diseases within the districts.

He stressed the importance of proper maintenance to ensure the sustained functionality of these vital facilities.

Notable dignitaries, including the Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, lauded Qatar Charity’s continuous support in enhancing healt
hcare infrastructure.

Leaders from the local communities, such as Choggu’s chief, Naa Mahamadu Abdulai, and the Sagnarigu Municipal Director of Ghana Health Service, Mr Mark Abugri, expressed gratitude for the initiative and pledged unwavering support for facility maintenance.

The Gamanzi Clinic inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of the District Health Director of Yendi, Alhassan Iddi Sulemana, and other esteemed guests.

Mr. Muhammed Yakubu Hudu, the philanthropist who donated the land for the clinic, emphasized the importance of sound management practices for project sustainability. Qatar Charity reiterated its commitment to investing in underserved communities, highlighting the crucial role the clinics would play in improving healthcare accessibility and reducing maternal and neonatal disease burdens.

Both clinics have been formally handed over to their respective health directorates and are poised to commence operations promptly, marking a significant milestone in advancing healthcare service
s in the Northern Region.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Take cognisance of the wellbeing of your children – Mothers urged

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director General (DG) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has urged mothers and caregivers to take cognisance of the health and wellbeing of their children, particularly, their vaccination and nutritional needs.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye said being conscious of the progress of babies and adhering to their nutritional needs and growth rate was key to ensuring total protection, to safeguard the future of these children.

The DG gave the advice when the GHS and partners toured the Child Welfare Clinics (CWC) at Abokobi and Agbogba Health and outreach Centres in the Ga East Municipality.

The monitoring formed part of activities to respectively commemorate the African Vaccination Week, Child Health Promotion week and COVID-19 campaign week, and him to familiarise with activities at the various facilities.

The first point visited was at Abokobi Health Centre and Child welfare Clinc (CWC) and later visited the Agbogba outreach centre, being operated within a Church premises, with services render
ed including; immunisation, weighing, education and counselling on nutrition and family planning, Covid-19 vaccination, and Births registration.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye interacted with the health workers at the facilities, commended their efforts, and encouraged them to improve upon their services, while advising the mothers and caregivers to pay attention and take keen interest in the development of their children.

He emphasised the need to intensify education and counselling on vaccination, nutrition, and family planning services for caregivers to enhance their knowledge on knowing what to do at the right time.

‘It is important to check the growth rate of their children, checking to see if the child is doing well or not, educating them on the type of food to eat and when to eat is very critical,’ he said.

Briefing the media, Dr Kuma-Aboagye said it was necessary for the sector to monitor the progress of the CWC and the various services being offered to the people, to identify progress, challenges, and the way f
orward for health sector growth.

He said by observation, the municipality which was a densely populated area needed more outreach centres to beef up operations for better reach to all the communities within the area.

The team also visited the Taifa Community, also within the Ga East municipality, where COVID-19 vaccines were being administered, as part of the COVID-19 vaccination week campaign.

‘This is the usual campaign to achieve herd immunity. We set a target of 20.7 million to be fully vaccinated, which will ensure adequate protection for all,’ he stated.

‘So far, we have had about 57 per cent of the population fully vaccinated and 71 who have taken one short only, which means that we still have a large population to cover to ensure total protection for all citizenry, the embarking on the campaign to capture everyone just as the routine vaccination on child welfare,’ he added.

Dr Frankline Asiedu Bekoe, the Director of Public Health, GHS, also entreated the mothers and the public to adhere to the sa
fety protocols while urging them to come out in their numbers to take the jabs, as the highly trusted measure of preventing the diseases.

He said the virus was still existent, hence, accepting the vaccines and adhering to the protocols were necessary.

The Director General was accompanied by Dr Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, the Director of Public Health, Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achianu, Programme Manager for the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) and Dr Marion Okoh-Owusu, the Director of Health Promotion.

The rest were Dr Michael Adjabeng, the Surveillance Officer, World Health Organisation (WHO) Ghana, Dr Akosua Agyeiwaa Owusu- Sarpong, the Greater Accra Regional Director of Health, and Dr Selorm Botwe the Municipal Health Director, Ga East, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International donates bedsheets to TTH

The Tamale North Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI) has donated 50 pieces of bedsheets to the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH).

The items, presented to Ward Three of the Internal Medicine Department of the hospital, were to address the shortage of bed sheets in the ward.

Mr Emmanuel Morna, President, Tamale North Chapter of FGBMFI, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency following the donation, stated that it was a mandate inspired by the fellowship’s Christian beliefs and principles drawn from the Bible.

He mentioned that one of their members, who worked at TTH, brought to their attention the shortage of bed sheets in the ward, which they considered important to address.

Dr Samuel Alomatu, Acting Head of Unit for Ward Three of Internal Medicine Department, who received the items on behalf of the hospital, expressed gratitude to the association for the gesture describing it as timely.

He said the ward had old, torn bed sheets, which were insufficient and required

He indicated that ward three had a capacity of 64 beds, and the donated bed sheets could cover more than half of them.

Mr. Alomatu further noted that the ward lacked many other essential items that could enhance health delivery and appealed to the generosity of society to emulate this kind gesture.

Some other items he appealed for were glucometers, potable blood pressure checkers and ECG machines.

Madam Madina Mahamoud, Deputy Director, Internal Medicine at TTH, expressed concern over patients lying on beds without bedsheets when the available ones were being washed.

She indicated that the situation was not conducive for health delivery as it made patients uncomfortable, stating that providing bedsheets facilitated better care delivery as patients would be more comfortable on their beds

The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is a non-denominational Christian fellowship aimed at inspiring its members to embody and share the teachings of the Gospel.

Source: Ghana News Agenc

Patient appeals for support to undergo stabilisation surgery

Mr Isaac Mensah, a patient suffering from ‘hemiparesis of the upper extremities and paralysis of the lower extremities’ has appealed for support to help him undergo surgery.

Mr Mensah requires GHS57,830 to undergo the decompression of the cervical spine stabilisation at the Wenchi Methodist Hospital in the Bono Region.

Mrs Mary Mensah, the wife of the patient, made the appeal through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on Monday.

She said specialists needed the money urgently, and therefore appealed for support from churches, religious leaders, corporate bodies, and individuals, to help address the health challenges of her husband.

An enclosed letter signed by Emmanuel Denteh, the Head of Department, Orthopedic Ward, Wenchi Methodist Hospital and made available to the GNA said, ‘the patient has been reviewed to have a C5 fracture secondary to fall at work.’

The intended surgery is aimed at making him capable of sitting upright, to undertake physiotherapy and rehabilitation to improve body function.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cancer Care for Humanity International sensitises PwDs on breast cancer

Cancer Care for Humanity International, an NGO, has undertaken a sensitisation programme for persons living with disabilities (PwDs) in Tamale to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.

The event, which brought together persons with visual and hearing impairment affiliated with the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD), was used to provide free breast cancer and other medical screening, as well as sensitisation on the causes, effects, and treatment of the diseases.

Mrs Gifty Sarfo Annan, an Oncology Nurse Specialist at Tamale Teaching Hospital and Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Care for Humanity International, said the event formed part of the organisation’s commitment towards enhancing awareness creation on cervical and breast cancers, and how to take precautionary measures to avoid its occurrence and spread.

She said over the years, PwDs among other vulnerable groups in the country had not been given adequate information on breast cancer and its related issues, which adversely a
ffected their health.

Mrs Annan said breast cancer was a major killer of women in the country, explaining that those who excessively consumed alcohol and those with late childbearing (first childbirth birth after 40 years), were among those at high risks of developing the disease.

‘Even, the fact that you are a woman and having breast also puts you at the high risks of getting breast cancer,’ she said.

Mrs Annan said breast cancer treatment was quite expensive, especially for PwDs and other vulnerable groups, and urged them to prioritise periodic screening and early treatment to avoid any medical complications.

She appealed to government to prioritise establishing a radiotherapy centre in the Northern Region to enable more women have access to breast cancer treatment in the area.

Mrs Abubakari Sahadatu Nimatu, the Northern Regional President of GFD, said the exercise was crucial and timely because most PwDs lacked sufficient information on the disease.

She said, ‘There are instances where our members co
uld not also access medical care at health facilities because of lack of sign language interpreters.’

She appealed to the government to increase the number of sign language interpreters at the various health facilities across the country to enhance inclusive health care delivery.

Madam Mohammed Latifa, who received her first ever breast cancer screening and sensitisation during the exercise, commended Cancer Care for Humanity International for the exercise and pledged to periodically screen her breast to be sure of her status.

A total of 41 women were sensitised and screened at the end of the exercise whilst two others, who were suspected of having breast lumps, were referred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for further examination and treatment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Use your knowledge and skills to impact lives-FHUC graduates told

The Provost of the College of Health Sciences of the University of Ghana, Rev. Prof. P. F. Ayeh-Kumi has entreated 2024 Graduating students of Family Health University College Medical school to let the tuition they received reflect in their actions.

He also urged them to be unique, be different and do things well, build a career, be creative and above all, be imaginative and mentally sharp.

‘Listen, if you want to be successful in life, then you must seek for wisdom, experience, expertise. Think about quality, think about branding, think globally, think generation, think about other people, think about the future. Successful people are oriented. It is my hope that you will apply these indicators in your life’.

Rev. Prof. P. F. Ayeh-Kumi was addressing students to mark the 2024 Matriculation and Graduation ceremony at Family Health University College (Ghana’s Premier Private Medical School).

He commended the Founder of Family Health University College and President of Family Health Medical School, Prof. Ya
o Kwawukume and his team for the good work they were doing saying, FHUC was changing everyday as the environment gets better each time which he said, was a wonderful achievement.

To the Graduands, he cautioned them that, the field of medicine was ever evolving, demanding professionals who were not only skilled but adoptable, compassionate and forward thinking. ‘Throughout your time at Family Health University College, you have been equipped with knowledge, skills and values that embody this vision of a future health care professional’.

Rev. Prof. P. F. Ayeh-Kumi tasked them to approach patients with empathy and listen to their stories, fears and hopes, recognizing that everybody was unique and deserving a personalised care.

The health care landscape he mentioned, was constantly changing as new discoveries and advancements, reshaping the way diseases were treated and understood. ‘As future health professionals, your commitment to continuously, will be crucial in providing the best possible care to your pati

The future health care professionals according to Rev. Prof. P. F. Ayeh-Kumi, must be a collaborator working together with others, working with the interdisciplinary to address complex needs of patients.

To the matriculants, he advised them to remember that, learning was a field that kept changing and it was a field with challenges and opportunities saying, they should be believing in themselves, trust in their abilities and know that they had the power to make a difference in the world.

The Founder of Family Health University College and President of Family Health Medical School, Prof. Yao Kwawukume in a welcoming address revealed that, the school was witnessing extensive development in infrastructure on campus, improved support services for students including counselling services and recreational facilities, enhanced use of ICT in teaching and learning, improved security, increased research activities by faculty and students, increased number of faculty and administrative staff, among other develo

‘While we jubilate over the things that we have achieved so far, we are also conscious of the things that we are yet to achieve and are re-strategising to ensure they are materialized.

Issues of accommodation and support for needy but brilliant students remain a challenge in the university college. We will therefore use this opportunity to invite stakeholders and other partners to assist FHUC plan towards its accommodation issues. Currently, the FHUC endowment fund has also been launched and we welcome donations from all and sundry’.

Prof. Kwawukume challenged the Graduands to remain steadfast in their commitment to excellence and embrace the opportunities that comes in their way, and never to lose sight of the impact they can have on the lives of others. ‘Always remember that if you can find the courage to try, you will succeed’.

Pro. Kwawukume encouraged the Graduands to uphold their core values of leadership, integrity, lifelong learning, innovation, compassion, inclusiveness and team work as t
hey are relevant, not only to the profession they have chosen, but also to their overall success as an individual; abide by the University College’s rules and regulations so that together we can maintain the good name of the institution.

This year he indicated, marked the final year of the five-year strategic plan set out by the University College to address some of its challenges and enhance its relevance and vibrancy. ‘We are bold to Say that majority of the goals set out in the plan have been achieved’.

He congratulated both the Graduands and the matriculants for working hard to be at Family Health University College.

Mbanya Kamkeng, Naomi received the Prize for Overall Best MBChB Graduating Student, Best Graduating Student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Best Graduating Student in Medicine and Therapeutics, and Best Graduating Student in Clinical Studies.

Tang Jeron Peter also received the Overall Best Student for Level 100 in BSc Medical Sciences, Best Student in Anatomy, Best Student in Biochemis
try, Best Student in Physiology, Overall Best Student for Level 200 in BSC Medical Sciences, and the Overall Best Student in BSC Medical Sciences.

Also at the ceremony were, Dr. Susu Bridget Kwawukume, Founder/Chief Medical Director of Family Health Hospital, the Registrar, Mrs. Rita Kaine, Dr. C.E. Fleischer-Djoleto, Dean of FHMS, Brig. Gen. Daniel Kwadjo Frimpong (RTD), Chairman of Council, Dr. Koma Jehu-Appiah, Prof. Julius Fobil (Provost, CHS, UG), Dr. Emmanuel K. Labram, Dr. Patience Aniteye, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, Teshie Mantse, President of the Teshie Traditional Council, Gbetsoolo Nii Ashitey Akomfra III and Mr Benjamin Narteh Ayiku, MP for Ledzokuku Constituency.

FHUC graduated 48 students; 33 with BSc. Medical Science, and 15 GEMP students with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree.

60 freshmen and women matriculated, out of which 42 partook in the White Coat ceremony.

Source: Ghana News Agency