The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ghana (SOGOG) in collaboration with Ernest Chemists Limited, has embarked on a three-day fistula repair and gynaecological surgical outreach in the Nkwanta District of the Oti Region.
The surgical outreach took place from the 12th to the 14th of April 2019, at the Nkwanta District Hospital.
The dedicated team of Specialist and Consultant Obstetrician-Gynaecologists and other medical professionals from Accra, were able to perform a total of 18 major complex surgeries during the outreach, including six Myomectomies (surgical removal of uterine fibroids), five Total Abdominal Hysterectomies, four Vaginal Hysterectomies, Vesico-uterine Fistula (UVF) Repair and two Exploratory Laparotomies.
With the support of Ernest Chemists Limited, there was a good supply of quality medicines for the surgeries, as well as to enhance the patients’ post-operative recovery.
Left: Dr. Ganyaglo presenting the medical supplies to the Nkwanta hospital administration. Right: The team of specialist and consultant obstetrician-gynaecologists performing the surgeries.
A beneficiary, Madam Vivian Abesie expressed her appreciation to the team of doctors, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ghana (SOGOG) and Ernest Chemists Limited for organising the medical outreach and for operating on her. She further asked for God’s blessings for all the organizations that came together to make the medical outreach possible.
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr. Promise Sefogah who is also the director of finance for SOGOG and the Chairman of the Outreach Committee, stated: “We as specialist doctors, are pleased to use our skills to help to reach out to these less-privileged and vulnerable women in the Nkwanta District. Our dedicated team of doctors worked tirelessly throughout the 3-day period to perform as many surgeries as possible”.
He narrated the entire experience by adding that “The team arrived in Nkwanta on Friday after eight hours of travel, performed surgeries till around midnight, then took a break to catch some four hours of sleep. And then we woke up early Saturday morning to continue the surgeries and reviews till the early hours of Sunday, closing around 1 am."
"We finished all the cases booked successfully, had ward rounds to ensure the patients were all recovering satisfactorily and then left Nkwanta Sunday afternoon. We were pleased with the turnout and the success of the surgeries and the outreach as a whole. It’s always been a deeply fulfilling, although tiresome exercise for God and country,” he added.
Left: The team of specialist and consultant obstetrician-gynaecologists performing the surgeries. Right: The team of specialist and consultant obstetrician-gynaecologists in a group picture after a hard day’s work.
Dr. Sefogah commended the Nkwanta District Hospital Management and Staff especially their Theatre and Anaesthesia Staff, for the support for the visiting Specialist Team. He praised Ernest Chemists Limited for collaborating with SOGOG to make the fistula repair and gynaecological surgical outreach a big success.
According to the SOGOG Finance Director, the Society has in previous years, funded such outreaches from membership dues, purely as their own way of giving back to the poor and vulnerable populations in deprived communities across Ghana. The surgical team was led by Dr. Gabriel Ganyaglo, and had other members including Dr. James Boachie, Dr. Henry EkowYanney and Dr. Jeffery Boye.
The collaboration with SOGOG forms part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Ernest Chemists Limited with the philosophy; “improving health through quality medicines”, focused on women and children. The CSR philosophy is in line with Ernest Chemists mission of providing a full range of quality pharmaceutical products at affordable prices.
Mr. Yaw Bediako Sampong, the General Manager of Ernest Chemists Limited, emphasised on the commitment of Ernest Chemists Limited to improve health in Ghana. He said, “Aside our collaboration with SOGOG, we also partnered the Alexis Miranda Foundation recently as part of World Autism Awareness which is this month of April, to help provide support or Autistic children and their families.”
He concluded by adding that, Ernest Chemists Limited looks forward to partner with other organisations to embark on more activities to improve health in Ghana.