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19.04.2007 General News

Free medical care in Agona

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A ten-member medical team from Germany is in the Agona district to provide free medical care to the people.

The team paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area, Nana Okofo Katakyi Nyakoh Eku X, to formally announce their arrival.

The Specialists from the NGO, Pro Interplast Germany, arrived in the country on Saturday for a two-week stay in the district.

The team made up of five surgical specialists and five nurses will engage in orthopaedic, plastic, hand and general surgery using the facilities of the District Hospital at Agona Swedru.

Ailments expected to be treated are hole in lips, multiple fingers and horse like legs. Other areas are burn complications, wounds, accidents problems and fingers and joint bony deformities.

They would also treat deformities either from birth, disease or accident resulting in impaired gait and all types of swellings on the body including goitre and hernia.

Nana Eku commended the team and their counterpart in Ghana for their "fellow feeling" for the people in the District.

He praised Mrs Ama Rose Boateng, Director of Pro Interplast Ghana, for the presence of the team and said the Nyakrom Traditional Council would soon honour her for meritorious services to society.

Nana Eku also praised Mr Joe Appeah, a Management Consultant, for the presence of the team in the district to offer services to the people.

Dr Kwadwo Sekyi-Appiah, District Director of Health Services, said aliments the specialists would treat in the two weeks period could only be done at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and the Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast.

He appealed to traditional rulers, assembly members and opinion leaders in the district to encourage people to patronise the programme.
The Agona District Chief Executive, Mr Ben Mensah, said the Assembly would "pick the cost" of the two-week programme to ensure that people patronised the programme.

He called on parents to take advantage of the opportunity to ensure treatment to enable them and their children to undertake their businesses and studies.

Source: GNA