Ghana Medical Help

Things you didn’t know about the hospitals in Northern Ghana by Hazel Vint

This post is a little off topic for my travel blog, however I feel that if you travel to many places, you will have definitely encountered a hospital visit or two. It is important for me to explain what is actually happening in many hospitals in Africa and especially in northern Ghana, travel is not always about the perfect sunset or the relaxing day you spent on a beach.

Having lived in Africa and been a patient at many hospitals for more than the last three years I thought I had a pretty good understanding of some of the practices and problems these hospitals have to face on a daily basis. It wasn’t until working for the NGO, Ghana Medical Help, in northern Ghana that I realised just how much is lacking in terms of facilities, medical equipment, education, organisation and professionalism within these hospitals.

I have witnessed varying degrees of cleanliness, patient confidentiality, sympathy and basic care.

I have no education in the medical field, but as an English educated woman I feel there are basic things screaming out to me as I delve further into the medical world here in Ghana. It is very easy to point fingers and blame the staff running these hospitals, but it goes way further right back to the government and its ability to educate and provide for these hospitals. Everyone perceives Ghana as an African country of success and in part it is; there are religious groups living side by side in harmony, it is mostly a stable country politically and compared to other African nations it has a reasonable economy. However the part of Ghana the world loves and knows is in the south and nobody ventures up to the north, not even the Ghanaians themselves.

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  1. September 16, 2014

    Northern Ghana, needs more nurses, to complished their health services to the people of Ghana.We don’t have beds to admite patients.
    The ministry of health should reach northern Ghana.

    • Frank Agyeman Amoah
      February 6, 2015

      Am a student nurse and wish to help but still in school,maybe when am done with my studies,i can help but the problem is am in a private ntc.

  2. January 10, 2015

    I don’t really understand the leaders of this nation doing to help,they have time to travel spend money over things just for some hours. What to do to enhance the health sector,we are not. people ate dying over what should be live of

  3. mohammed hamza yakubu
    February 19, 2015

    keep northern part clean.lets all of us contribute our quoter to the nation.

  4. April 4, 2015

    Ghana is the country that I like best in all Africa country as a hold. Now i paryer for all Ghanaian and I get special love for them.
    So we clear our country, we develo our country,
    Thank to all Ghanaian that help to bring development in Ghana.

  5. Stella Essilfie
    April 12, 2015

    I am a marketer and a good one. Maybe I can help raise funds for hospitals in the northern region.

  6. Archibald Coker
    April 28, 2016

    That is very true but the question is why is it supposed to be so if the south and the north all forms part of Africa

  7. freda bekoe
    May 7, 2016

    You’ve said it all
    Its really sad sometimes
    I volunteer to join your NGO
    AM A NURSE.fredabekoe@yahoo. Com

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