Gye Nyame mobile clinic
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From its base at Saint Patrick's Missionary Hospital in Maase-Offinso, Gye Nyame mobile clinic, which is the result of Ori and Britta’s ambition, provides specialist medical care to impoverished people living in Ghana’s rural areas.
Each year the clinic treats more than 5000 patients – most on regular basis – and performs around 500 operations on (mainly) children under five years of age. It serves a population of approximately 600,000 Ghanaian inhabitants who either cannot afford to travel to hospital, or whose transportation is inadequate during the rainy season when the paths to villages become flooded.
The aim is to relieve the strain on mental health and pediatric services in Ghana’s overcrowded and under resourced hospitals. Where possible, patients are treated on an outpatient basis and only referred to hospital if they require extended medical treatment. There is a special fund for families who can't afford urgent operations for their child.
Setting out from Saint Patrick's, the mobile clinic drives every day to a health post in a remote area – there are 11 health posts in total – to treat local people. The mobile clinic has a fixed three-month schedule prepared in advance so that the staff at the health posts know when it is returning to their area.
The pediatric surgical team treats malformed babies, children with infected tropical wounds, burns and fractures, and adolescents with various tumors. Minor operations are performed in the villages, sometimes on a simple bench, and major surgery cases are taken to Saint Patrick’s. The psychiatric team treats patients with epilepsy (many due to infectious diseases, including malaria), children with autism, mental disability caused by abuse as well as psychosis, depression or drug-abuse.
Emotional support and education are offered to the families of patients, to help with the reintegration and rehabilitation of their love ones.