Yesterday, Sonya and I had a great meeting with Dr. Twumasi, the Regional Director of the Northern Region. I had been anxiously awaiting this meeting all week to discuss the regional shipment we want to send in the upcoming year. Luckily, Dr. Twumasi was enthusiastic about meeting with us too and introduced us to Dr. Mahama, his deputy. After introductions, we spent some time talking about the medical need in the Northern Region, the most impoverished region in Ghana. We discussed the upcoming need for surgical equipment and supplies, as some health centers in the region may be receiving their first doctors. With a doctor present, these health centers can now begin performing operations, and welcome our help with supplying the necessary equipment. We learned that as many as eleven health centers may be receiving doctors this upcoming year.
Dr. Twumasi was very thankful for the shipments that MedPLUS has been able to send so far and very happy about the shipments to the region and Tamale Central Hospital that we have scheduled for this year. This past week in Tamale, and especially during our meetings with Dr. Twusami and Dr. Patrick, I have been very excited to see the area and meet the people I will be working with throughout this year. Although it is saddening to see just how much need there is for medical supplies here, I’m glad to know that we will be able to take part in improving the services the hospitals and health centers can offer to their patients.