India’s Apollo Hospital Group will conduct a medical camp in Ghana to provide affordable treatment to people suffering from liver and heart diseases as part of a specialised training programme for doctors in the country. The two-day outreach camp will be held Sep 27-28 in Accra, said Ranjeet Jamdar, marketing manager of Unichem Ghana Limited, a pharmaceutical company coordinating the programme. ”The outreach is just to support Ghana’s medical fraternity by offering them specialised treatment,” Jamdar told IANS.
Aaron Offei, director of the health department in the Ashanti region, said there has been an upsurge in non-communicable diseases. Heart failure, chronic liver disease and diabetes mellitus are among the main causes of death in Ghana, he said.
Lydia Adjetey, a 45-year-old woman who was diagnosed with liver failure two years ago, said: “It has been a difficult situation for me because I have been in and out of hospital to seek treatment with a heavy cost to my family.” Jamdar said this would be the third time that the outreach programme will be held in Ghana. He said it would help provide essential treatment to many people who would otherwise not get the opportunity due to lack of facilities and access to medical care. George Owusu, medical consultant and sole agent of Unichem Limited, said the Indian doctors at the camp would charge under $40 for those treated for their liver conditions, which was far cheaper than anywhere else in the country.