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06.08.2009 Health

2,771 To Receive Free Orthopaedic Treatment

By Matthew Ayoo, Nandom -
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ABOUT 2,771 people with various bone deformities in the Upper East and Upper West Regions have been provided free specialist medical treatment and care by Dr Prosper Moh, an orthopaedic surgeon.

Of the number, 335 had surgical operation to correct their deformities.

Dr. Moh, a native of the Upper West Region and an orthopaedic surgeon at the Duayaw-Nkwanta Hospital in Brong-Ahafo Region, made this known to media personnel at the Saint Theresa’s Hospital at Nandom last Thursday.

He is currently on six weeks working visit to undertake free and voluntary medical care services to the people.

He said last year, he made eight visits to Bawku and Nandom in the Upper East and Upper West Regions respectively and provided free medical care and treatment to people with orthopaedic problems.

“Within two-day of the current visit, I have attended to 138 patients already at the Nandom hospital,” Dr Moh said.

Of the number, 40 have been admitted for surgery to correct their deformities and disorders to make them more productive.

Asked what motivated him to carry out free and voluntary specialised services to people in remote and deprived areas of the Upper West Region where his professional colleagues refuse to accept posting, Dr. Moh said, “I come from the Upper West Region, I opted to live in the north after training and the people I grew up with are here.

I don’t have money to share with them so I think I should use the knowledge I have acquired to serve them.

Service to humanity is what is required of doctors.

“I feel delighted that I have something to offer my people and I am committed to it.”

He explained that orthopaedic care is a specialised area that had inadequate professionals in the country in general especially in the three northern regions in particular.

“I am the only orthopaedic surgeon stationed in the Brong-Ahafo Region and I have taken it upon myself to bring my specialised expertise to the doorsteps of the people of the Northern, Upper East and West Regions.

“I believe I owe the people a duty to extend my services to them at the local community level in view of the fact that it would be extremely difficult for them to reach me at my station,” he further explained.

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