2016 October 29-November 5 trip to New Abirem, Ghana

The GhanaHope medical team arrived in Ghana in October, 2016. The team met with our partners including representatives from the Ntiamoah Foundation, the Traditional Authority, the Ministry of Health, Government Agencies, Newmont, the New Abirem Goverment Hospital, and the CHPS Outpatient Clinics. Accomplishments for 2016 were reviewed and new goals for 2017 were identified.  The continued success of the groups efforts has been made possible through the ongoing support of the Willamette Valley Medical Center as well as other hospitals and clinics in Oregon.  Seven 40 foot containers with equipment and supplies for the hospital and schools were donated to the Ntiamoah Foundation for disbursement during the year.  The cost of transporting five of the containers was covered by Newmont and the other two by the Ntiamoah Foundation.

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The New Abirem Government Hospital has grown significantly in size and scope of services. Three local physicians now provide inpatient care.

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The team also met with CHPS administrators and staff. The are now 17 clinics providing outpatient care and health education to the citizens of North Birem District. All of the clinics are in need of equipment and supplies. The plan is for GhanaHope Foundation to focus on one clinic in 2017 to provide resources to make it more effective.  Building materials, beds, furniture, basic medical supplies are all needed.

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Adults and children receive care and education from clinic staff.

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Members of  the team also toured a neighboring Catholic Clinic. The GhanaHope Foundation will also direct resources to support their healthcare mission.

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Equipment purchased for the hospital include two washing machines and detergent.  The attendant in charge of doing laundry proudly shows the team one of them.  Other equipment purchases include an autoclave, two water distillers, and chemistry reagents for the laboratory.

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Also  purchased  for the hospital was a computer server and equipment to launch a hospital intranet.

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CapellaHealthcare Corporation donated enough operating room equipment to fully equip two OR theaters which were funded and built by Newmont.  On this trip forty nine surgical procedures were completed by team members Dr. Scott Diamond (general surgeon), Dr. John Neeld (OB/GYN) and Lea See (CRNA)

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Education of local doctors and staff who assisted the surgeons was also a top priority.

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The American medical team members were very complimentary of the local doctors, nurses and other staff.

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The hospital’s management team which organized the four days of surgery did an outstanding job, as did the local doctors and staff who prescreened the patients.

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Numerous outpatients were seen by Dr. Eriksen and other medical team members.

Jackie


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