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30.03.2004 General News

French medical team provides free care to patients at Prampram.

By GNA

Accra, March 29 GNA- A French Naval Medical Team with support from their Ghanaian counterparts on Monday offered free medical care to a number of patients at the Pampram Health Centre in the Greater-Accra Region. The French Medical team, which would be in the country for six days would carry out treatment for common ailments such as malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition especially among children in the community. Lieutenant-Commander (LT) Bertrand Hudault, leader of the group said the purpose of the visit was to reinforce ties between the two countries and to establish a closer link with the populace. He explained that the Prampram Health Centre was chosen because of its proximity to the Tema Port and that it had the necessary facilities, which the team could work with.

Lt. Commander Hudault said the team also brought in enough quantity of drugs to offer to patients who would be treated at the centre. Group Captain Dr. Nii Laryea Laryea, Officer-in-Charge of the Field Medical Services of the Ghana Armed Forces said the focus of the medical care was on children. Dr Laryea, said however, that adults who came to the health centre with other problems would be treated. He said measures had also been put in place so that diseases that could not be handled at the centre would be referred to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment.

Jean-Michel Berrit, French Ambassador to Ghana said his government was prepared to support Ghana in her effort to provide an ambulance service in the country. He said the establishment of an ambulance service would go a long way to minimize some of the fatalities that went on on our roads. Mr.Berrit said his country would be ready to work with the Ministry of Health and also help provide expertise to train their Ghanaian counterparts in this endeavour.

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