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28.06.2005 Regional News

NGO donates items to Loagre Bone Clinic

GNA

Loagre (N/R), June 28, GNA - MENFOUND, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating in the Mamprugu Traditional Area of the Northern Region, in conjunction with the Ghana International Women's Club, at the weekend donated medical items valued at about 5.6 million cedis to the traditional bone-setting clinic at Loagre Number Two village near Walewale. The items include 15 mattresses, 30 insecticide treated mosquito nets and 30 bandages. They were presented by board members of the NGO, led by its chairman Reverend Father Moses Yeboah, at a ceremony in the village.

Rev. Father Yeboah stated that on a number of occasions she had conveyed accident victims to the clinic, and had noticed that if faced problems such as the lack of accommodation, mattresses and bandages. "I therefore made appeals to the Ghana International Women's Club, and hence this donation," he added. A representative of the District Directorate of Health Services, Chief Gabu-Naba Wuni Yamusah who witnessed the ceremony, thanked the NGO on behalf of the Ghana Health Service for the kind gesture, and asked the patients to take good care of the items.

The chief of the village, who is also the bone-setter, Gumrana Mahamudu Issahaku Issaka, assured the donors that the items would be put to good use. He commended MENFOUND for providing eight rooms, a kitchen and a toilet for the clinic earlier, saying that it had eased the accommodation problem considerably. He indicated that the clinic had gained a wide reputation, and that currently it received patients from neighbouring Togo and Burkina Faso, in addition to those who are brought from various parts of Ghana.

The Gumrana appealed to philanthropists and public-spirited organisations to come to the aid of the clinic, especially with crutches, hand gloves and gentian violet (GV) for the treatment sores. Established more than 80 years ago, the Loagre bone-setting clinic has saved many an accident victim - men, women and children alike - from permanent deformity by mending broken bones, even in the most helpless cases. By virtue of its popularity, the clinic has become a referral centre where patents with serious fractures, especially motor accident victims, are referred for treatment from recognised hospitals in most parts of Ghana.

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