Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Update

Rev. Prof. Seth Ayettey, KBTH Management Board Chair reports: “Progress has been made in terms of including the Neuroscience project in the Phase 1B on the New Emergency and Clinical Specialties Centre project to be undertaken with funds from a loan provided by an Arabic funding consortium. Parliament will have to approve this first and then we shall go through the procurement process to select a Consultant…The work done by Don and Kaien and Lynn [KBNF PMG] has been a major reference document of the Ministry of Health in discussions with business groups interested in the Korle Bu project and other health development projects.”

Remaining phases of the Centre are currently in discussion with potential funding agents.

Recap of February 26 Workshops

Korle-Bu Workshop PhotoOn a cold and blustery February, (Saturday the 26th), it was warm inside the Theater Auditorium for the HEART POWER and DREAMSWORK Academy Workshops.  The Heart Power Sessions included 4 Ancient Heart Power Concepts that can revolutionize any person, organisation, or business today.  Amazing as it is, 2 and 3,000-year-old concepts are still relevant and life changing today.

Daring to Dream is an exciting phrase.  This was our theme in the afternoon workshops as participants from many countries and ethnic backgrounds worked together on their dreams.  The most excitement was hearing some of those dreams shared at the close of the session.  Through the day, new friendships were formed and new dreams and concepts established.

Finally, whoever thinks food isn’t important has not attended an enjoyable day of workshops.  Marj provided a waffle lunch with great fruit toppings and whipping cream and desserts galore.  Let it snow as it did.  We had a great day!

A Thank You Letter From Dr. David Udoh

Below is a heart-felt thank you letter that I received from Dr. David Udoh, our neurosurgeon in Benin City, Nigeria.

Dear Marj,

Today, I “breathe” for the first time since 3rd December . . .

You should have been here, Marj. Container shipment was driven into UBTH and parked at the Neurosurgical Ward 1st March at 1100 hours Nigerian time. The nurses were ecstatic. I could scarcely bear it!

I went into the container myself and the nurses joined. We did all the offloading ourselves! Until dusk. The nurses shocked everyone.

As I walked through the container, I could feel the warm embrace of the love which donated so sacrificially, which lifted and loaded every heavy equipment without a wince or groan, which so delicately packaged every box and watched their labour of love shipped to an uncertain destination (as ours can be).

I saw, beyond the container, an eternal testimonial unto those men and women who would never give that which cost them nothing.

That’s where I want to be. Where giving becomes you, to beneficiaries who would never ever know you or you know them.

Without prior planning, needing to be part of this, the Neurosurgical team (men, women, and some of their children) took the container on and did everything ourselves. No one even thought of recruiting volunteers. That’s the part you need to see. We were overcome by love.

. . . Thank you

Dr. David Udoh

Neurosurgery Dept Head

University of Benin Teaching Hospital

Neurology Program Exploration

Dr. Alfred Lutterodt, KBNF Board of Directors, who maintains medical practices and homes in Accra and Saskatchewan, is currently in Ghana. At the direction of Dr. Jocelyne Lapointe, KBNF Education Chair, Alfred is pursuing with Dr. Akpalu and the Ghanaian medical community how best to advance neurology training for nationals, either as enhancement to the Internal Medicine program or as an inaugural Neurology residency program.

First Neuropathology Training Mission to VGH

Richard Gyasi, Head of the Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital visited Vancouver for 6.5 weeks in October and November, enhancing his knowledge of brain pathology and investigative techniques at the Vancouver General Hospital. KBTH extends gratitude for the expert direction provided by neuropathologists Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis and Dr. Wayne Moore.

Professor Gyasi will be able to institute new procedures in studying the brains of Ghanaian individuals suspected of having died of neurological disorders, as well as bringing greater knowledge to the interpretation of microscopic slides of brain tumours. He now has a friendly “Vancouver connection” that he will be able to consult on his more complex cases.

Professor Gyasi’s visit to Vancouver was made possible by Drs. Felix Durity and Jocelyne Lapointe who worked tirelessly to ensure a successful visit and by the support of his colleagues at KBTH and the University of Ghana. It is the expectation of the KBNF Education Committee that this type of educational experience can be replicated every year, helping to enhance Ghanaian and West African expertise in many neuroscience related disciplines.