Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital Palliative Container

Palliative Care Unit in Tetteh Quarshie

The Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital (T.Q.M.H.) was built and commissioned by the government of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in February 1961 in honour and memory of the late Tetteh Quarshie, a son of Mampong and pioneer of the Cocoa industry in Ghana. The hospital is sited on a hill on the south side of the National N4 highway route from Accra to Koforidua, Nkawkaw and Kumasi. It comprises several buildings with paved roads. A tour revealed the need unit to unit for equipment, stretchers, beds, and supplies. The 123-bed hospital serves a population of over 120,000 people spanning the entire semi-urban Akuapem Ridge, its rural valley and beyond, in Akropong, in the eastern region of Ghana (in the hills north of Accra). The hospital provides Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Ear Nose Throat, Psychiatry and Dentistry. Consequently, the hospital handles general diseases such as malaria, anaemia, respiratory diseases, hernia, fractures, pregnancy and related diseases and gynaecological diseases (Wikipedia).

They launched the first palliative care unit spring 2016, securing the support of KBNF and Share the Care.

Champion: Dr Mawuli Gyakobo is the Medical Director of the hospital while 5 – 7 doctors serve this hospital.

Team Outcomes

We had an enthusiastic visit with the Medical Director, Dr Mawuli Gyakobo, hospital administration and staff. His passion for his people is palpable. Appreciation for the Share the Care committee and KBNF / CRW was very evident. A tour was conducted of the newly renovated palliative care unit. Private rooms + a nursing station + a conference room are ready. The 1 palliative patient hospitalized was stationed on another unit. When more patients are requiring palliative care, the unit would be fully operational.

The container shipment was well received. Having only been received 2 weeks earlier, many of the items were already distributed while many more were housed in storage waiting placement. Our team was actually quite amazed how organized they were. The Chief Administrator held a handover celebration. He shared how grateful they are for our container and how valuable the contents are. So many times, when they receive donations, they are not consulted in advance and the items are not suitable. When the container doors were opened, they knew immediately that this was very different, that the contents were of excellent quality and very necessary for their hospital.
Because of the generous donation by a KBNF Founding Director, whose family has been served by this hospital for over a hundred years, we were able to announce that a large portion of another container has been funded.


Fall 2016 Medical Mission Nursing News

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Our Fall Mission began with the arrival of Karen Currie, RN, in Ghana on November 6th 2016. Dianne Perry, RN BSN, a recently retired Canadian nursing educator, with expertise in various specialties including surgery, obstetrics and tropical diseases, joined Karen from Europe. Dell highly recommended Dianne and KBNF was able to facilitate her Ghana Visa via Italy.

After a 2 day stay in Accra, they travelled to Techiman by air. Karen and Dianne discovered a kindred spirit. Dianne’s influence was immediate, as she commenced her day on the nursing units at 05.30 hrs. Working alongside the nurses, Dianne taught them in groups of 2s and 3s in short sprints. She was urgently called to the OR one night to help deliver a baby via C- section. Mom and baby were in crisis and it was thought that the baby would not survive. However, both mom and babe did fine, much to everyone’s relief. Triplets were born and are doing fine, coming in for regular weekly checkups. Dianne’s impact was well noted and she reports she will be pleased to return for future missions.

Hazardous nursing practises were addressed and corrected. Some of these practises we have tried to correct in the past, but were observed to have resumed. Having the by-in of various nursing leaders helped to make this transition more effective. Providing an alternative that made sense to the nurses seemed to have the desired effect. Reinforcement was necessary and will continue to be so. Another decision solidified by Dr. Kessie to enhance nursing care is that the TV perched by the nursing station would be relocated to the maternity unit. Nightshift breaks are being monitored closely and have improved.

The nursing administrators, Thomas and Robert are motivated and understand the need to advance the nursing department. They partnered closely with Karen and Dianne throughout their stay, very grateful for all the expertise. They look forward to visiting Vancouver for an educational experience.

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University of Ghana Teaching Hospital Project

When we started the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation in 2000, we became aware that the issue of Neuroscience care in Ghana was larger than one unit. We continued an idea that Ghana needed new hospital facilities to match with the world-class medical education, and in 2008 developed a professional site plan assessment, and master plan with Canadian Project Managers, Architects and Site Planners.

You, our donors, fundraised for this hospital and now in 2016, the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital is on its’ way to being completed by an Israeli firm.

In this UofG Legon Hospital History powerpoint by Aaron-Lawson, pages 7 & 8 show our contribution which helped President Atta-Mills and Ghana procure funding for the Hospital Site at the University of Ghana.

We did it!

Follow us online for our next blog post about the reception we received when we visited the University of Ghana Teaching Hospital to see its’ building progress!

Marj


A Thank You Letter from Ghana

Dear Marj. It was a great pleasure having you, Jocelyne, Danny, Karen, Dell Peter, Denise and Dr. Paul King in Ghana for medical missions that involved also Liberia and Sierra Leone. Our friendship with you and the KBNF team deepens with each visit and we thank God for your enthusiastic and passionate leadership and for the loving and joyful sacrifices of the rest of the team - executive, volunteers and the silent ones who work behind the scenes to ensure that goods and supplies are available for shipping. As you noted at the award ceremony, nearly 30 containers have been shipped, over half of them to Ghana alone. We value each of you and your love for Ghana and West Africa. Gladstone has shared with me news of what you all did at the Mount Olives Hospital over nearly four weeks period. The training of staff, support in patient care, the performance of the first spinal surgery by Dr. Paul King sharing his surgical skills as well and the clearing of yet another container shipment of medical items are all much appreciated. In my capacity as Chair of the Board of the mount Olives Foundation also, I place on record sincere thanks of the Board. The role played by the Hesse family and Gladstone and Faustina (even though physically absent in the period of the visit) in hosting all of you is valued and acknowledged with gratitude. I also place on record teaching materials donated to Faith Presbyterian Church School and the presents for the family. All of us, including the College of Health Sciences and in particular the Board of Trustees are ever grateful for all you have done to contribute to the building of human resource for health as well as to health infrastructure. God bless you all.
Rev. Prof Seth Ayettey, Ghana

KBNF Team Mission Update

Dear KBNF Family & Friends,

We are in Ghana! Our team started off with air travel, where they met up with me, Marj, in Amsterdam for the final leg to Ghana! Dell Wergeland, President of the Compassionate Resource Warehouse joined us for this trip, to assess where our hard earned donation dollars have gone, and how the places we’ve sent container shipments of medical supplies to have used our gifts. More from Dell later.
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We hit the ground running with a tour of the Accra School of Medicine, where team members Danny Moe and I (and others in the future) are to be teaching medical students in this brand new private medical school for Ghana. IMG_9049IMG_9058

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The Accra School of Medicine is a privately owned institution built by incredible champions and doctors, the Hesse’s. A Heart Power institution, it teaches compassionate care alongside medicine.

That’s all for now, time to get back to the Mission!

Marj