The Keta outreach
The Ghana Hernia Society (GHS) recognizes the immense contribution that Global development partners can make to the hernia crusade in Ghana. Consequently international collaboration is an integral part of the service delivery of the society. In accordance with this policy combined and collaborative activities are always welcome.
On the 11th , 12th and 13th of January 2015 an outreach programme mesh repair of inguinal hernias was jointly organized by Operation Hernia, The Dutch Hernia Society (represented by Dr Marten Simons) and the Ghana Hernia Society at the Municipal Hospital, Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana. The programme was sponsored by Operation Hernia and the Incision Group of Amsterdam The Netherlands.
During the two –day programme 14 patients were operated upon.
In addition 6 district medical officers received practical hands –on training in groin dissection and mesh placement.
There was ample opportunity to strengthen the friendship between the Ghana and the Dutch Hernia Societies.
Conclusion: The success of the outreach programme in Keta confirms the important role that international collaboration will continue to play in the delivery of surgical services to many Ghanaians who live in the rural areas.
President: Ghana Hernia Society