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12.05.2005 Health

Holy Trinity Medical Centre’s Unique Health Farm

By GYE NYAME CONCORD

HOLY TRINITY SPA and Health Farm, a multi-million cedi health facility under the Holy Trinity Medical Centre has formally been commissioned at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.

Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama commissioned the magnificent one stop private sector health edifice sitting on the banks of the sprawling Volta River.

The excellent ceremony which climaxed the inauguration of the nation's first destination medical SPA was witnessed by a cross section of Ghanaians and foreigners, including chiefs, the clergy, businessmen, members of the diplomatic corps, ministers of State and parliamentarians.

Appropriately described as a “giant marketing innovation by the Holy Trinity Medical Centre in the Health Sector”, it seeks to provide a cure to some of the phenomenal diseases that have plagued the world, especially stress-related diseases.

The Director General of the Holy Trinity Medical Innovation Centre and innovator of this scientific approach to health care, Dr. Felix Anyah, was of the opinion that there is an urgent need for doctors to break the culture of not seeing the human beings behind “the symptoms – his or her social background, religious beliefs, psychological, emotional or even financial circumstances and the impact of these factors upon the complaints the patients present to a clinic or hospital before dispensing medications.”

He said the consequence is that doctors over prescribe drugs meant to relieve symptoms without addressing causes which are sometimes not physical.

This system he said has serious side effects such as antibiotic resistance and addiction to drugs like valium.

“These and the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health as “A state of physical, social, emotional, spiritual and psychological well-being and not only the absence of disease, therefore, makes SPA and Health Farm the much sought for health promotion”.

According to him, the application of orthodox and alternative therapies such as herbal remedies, hydro therapy, infra-red sauna, steam shower bath, massage parlour, aroma therapy, music and dance therapy, counselling and others like professional counselling, add to the efficacy of the SPA Health Farm in promoting good health.

Added to Health Farm's many intrinsic facilities to prevent ill-health is the bringing together of healthcare specialists, physiotherapists, naturopaths, herbal practitioners, pastors, counsellors, clinical psychologists in a relaxed, rejuvenating and nature-inspired ambience.

Dr. Felix Anyah noted that dieting, fitness through regular exercise and scientific relaxation, swimming, stress and weight management and the strict adherence to counselling for life changes guarantees what one needs, to keep healthy.

The SPA Farm also offers additional social and economic benefits such as promotion of local tourism, potential foreign exchange earner as well as encouraging the promotion of good health to enhance the socio-economic development of the country.

Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama in his key note address lamented that for an estimated 18 percent of the country's population who require health care at any given time, only 20 percent of them are able to access it, saying the 80 percent who need health care cannot afford because of economic reasons.

Alhaji Aliu Mahama mentioned the many successes that Thailand particularly has chalked as a country from SPA operation, stressing that from June 2001–June 2002 alone, some 230 Thailand SPA operators attracted a total of 3.3 million SPA users.

Out of the number, he maintained 2.5 million were foreign users who contributed a total of $85 million to the Thailand economy.

“This initiative of Dr. Felix Anyah in providing this unique facility in Ghana therefore has the potential not only to promote tourism, good health and productivity but with collaboration with the Tourism Ministry”, he noted.

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