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Aug 16, 2011

KNUST Hospital gets boost

A 12 member medical team from the International Health Care Volunteers (IHCV) a non-profit health organization based in New Jersey, USA, has begun a two-week medical outreach programme at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) hospital in Kumasi.


The IHCV team, which includes Medical Officers, Nurses, Medical students and volunteers, among others, is expected to perform about 35 surgeries free of charge at the hospital during the outreach programme.

 The IHCV team, with support from their local counter parts at the hospital, has performed 12 surgical cases which are mainly fibroid and hernia repairs on persons who hitherto cannot afford the full cost of treatment.

 The group has also assisted in the training of local doctors and nurses in areas of endoscopy, laparoscopy and colposcopy.

 As part of the collaboration, IHCV donated laparoscopy equipment, the second ever in any medical facility in the country, valued at $100,000, to the KNUST hospital.

 They also donated a colposcopy machine, which is used in performing laparoscopy surgery valued at $6,000 to the hospital to enhance its activities and is the second in the country after the one at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

 Dr. James Aikins, the leader of the US team, a US-based Ghanaian gynecologist, said the team is happy to be associated with the KNUST hospital and expressed the hope that the relationship with KNUST hospital will go a long way to improve the hospital’s delivery.

Source: ISD