Ghana Hospital–First Look

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Yesterday, I had an awesome opportunity to tag along with someone to a local hospital.  The gentleman is a Liberian refugee.  Unfortunately, he has elephantiasis (you’ve probably heard it called elephantitis) of the left foot.  Basically, the tissue in his left foot has thickened, giving the foot a swollen appearance.  He goes to the hospital regularly to have the dressing on his left ankle changed.  He has a large, healing wound.

 We arrived at the hospital and stepped onto the dirt road.  As we walked around the puddles (the rainy season has started), I could hear people inside saying “Abruni” in Twi (a tribal language), which means white person.  There was a short line outside the small building we entered for outpatient injections and dressings.  There was the entranceway and a small room to the left and one to the right.  Judging by the chair and bench, the room on the right appeared to be a consultation room with a few medical supplies.  The room on the left had a patient table similar to something seen in a doctor’s office.  It was covered with a sheet and a rubber-type material.  There was also a wooden apparatus used to rest the gentleman’s foot while his dressing was changed.  I learned that, unlike in the U.S., this patient has to purchase from a pharmacy and bring with him the topical medications used for his wound care.  It was a valuable experience to see the Ghanaian facility.

Tywonn

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  1. Hey Tywonn,

    It’s the same here, with having to purchase the supplies/medication you need before getting treated. Interesting!

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