Ghana 2016 is ISHI’s fourth mission to the Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital (TQMH) in Mampong, Ghana in what has become an annual event. ISHI was invited back to TQMH with the approval from the hospital leadership and regional tribal leaders to continue and expand upon the work done in previous years.
Local patients were informed weeks before the ISHI team arrival via public service announcements at TQMH hospital. Patients were telephone screened prior to arrival by the local physicians to ensure efficient triage. We planned to collaborate with the local healthcare workers to provide education and promote knowledge exchange.
A total of 58 operations were performed, an improvement of 10 over 2015, with a concurrent increase in major cases performed. Over 12 hours of lectures and hands-on training was performed by various member of the ISHI team, including a 5 day structure ultrasound course given by Dr. Rachel Chapman MD for TQMH family medicine residents which was very well-received and with plans for remote follow-up throughout the year. The Rutgers/ISHI Global Surgery Fellow stayed behind the mission for five extra days and was able to see >90% of the patients post-operatively to assist in further management. No early major complications were discovered.
Special Thanks to:
The Hon. Helen Ntoso, Regional Minister, for hosting the team.
The Hon. Otoobour Djan Kwasi for allowing us to provide services in the Aburi region.
Dr. Mawuli Gyakobo, Medical Superintendent at the TQMH.
Nellie Kemevor: for Contacting and coordinating with all the Nana and supporting the ISHI effort in Mampong.
Surgical Team: Kevin Clarke MD, Ziad Sifri MD, Ravi Chokshi MD, Derick Christian MD, Amy Gore MD, Joanelle Bailey MD, Peter Johnston MD
Anesthesia: Sam Nia MD, Abdul-Malick Jalloh-Jamboree CRNA, Bruno Beja-Umukoro CRNA, Rebecca Scholl MD
PAR Nurses: Rosina Kogan RN Mercy Emejulu RN, Beverly Bahamondes RN, Lanika Tucker RN
OR Nurse/Tech: Hannah Asare-Boateng RN, Chrissy Dabby
Medical/Ultrasound: Rachel Chapman MD
Logistics Support: Leroy Boone, Sara Sifri, Ibrahim Sabbagh