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Northumbria Healthcare to set up new therapy service in Ghana

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Northumbria Healthcare to set up new therapy service in Ghana

The Ministry of Health in Ghana has invited Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to help them set up a new occupational therapy service in the country.

Stroke is a major problem in Africa, especially among young people, and patients are spending long periods in hospital because there is no therapy service to help them cope with the after-effects of the condition.

Now a team of occupational therapists, led by Trust associate director and consultant physician Gbenga Afolabi, will be heading to Ghana next week to help set up the first centre of its kind in the country.

They will take part in discussions with the Ministry of Health and the University of Ghana about providing a service for stroke patients. Stroke is the second biggest killer in Accra, the capital of Ghana, second only to malaria.

The Trust has a national reputation for excellence for stroke care with dedicated stroke units in its three general hospitals at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham.

Dr Afolabi said: “We have an excellent reputation for stroke care nationally and we are delighted to take a five-man team out to Ghana to help with this project.   Stroke is a serious problem over there, especially for young people, and we know only too well how it can change the lives of those affected by the condition.

“We will help get this project off the ground and hope that we can help with the education and training of their occupational therapy teams in the future to make sure the service is sustainable.”

The team will leave for Ghana on 27 March.