Equipment includes Endo Clip, Endo GIA, Hem-O-Lok Applier, Harmonic scalpel, laparoscopic grabber and dissector, and portable ultrasound system. Laparoscopic surgery or minimally invasive surgery is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed away from their location through small incisions in other parts of the body. KOICA also provided US$9,000.00 to train nurses and doctors to perform laparoscopic surgery at the institution. This donation is to support the laparoscopic surgery project launched in the hospital in 2016. The project is expected to be completed in February 2019. This project is a US$140,000 funding project currently being implemented by the Korea Association for International Cooperation in hospitals. KOICA supports the entire project with US$100,000 and the other US$40,000 is through the help of Korean donors
Greater Accra Regional Hospital was praised. When introducing the project to the hospital, Mr. Yukyum Kim, National Director of KOICA Ghana, praised the management and staff of the hospital for supporting and fully owning the project. He pledged that South Korea will continue to cooperate with Ghana and other countries in the fields of health and medicine by providing capacity building for health professionals. "KOICA sends professional doctors to partner countries through its Global Doctor Program to share their capabilities with health professionals because we firmly believe that everyone has the right to timely, affordable and accessible quality medical care," he said. Mr. Kim said that KOICA also supported the Ministry of Health and the Ghanaian Health Service Department with US$9 million to implement projects to improve community primary health care through the strengthening of CHPS (CHPS) in 13 areas of the Upper East Region. He further stated that KOICA has cooperated with the US Centers for Disease Control, the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Agency to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Ghana and invested USD 7.5 million. He pointed out that the cooperation between Ghana and South Korea in health will help more Ghanaians get the quality and affordable medical care they deserve. Dr. Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, Director of Institutional Nursing, Ghana Health Service, praised Dr. Mee Joo Kang’s sacrifices over the past few years in a brief comment. She provided her expertise in laparoscopic surgery for nurses and doctors. use. GARH.
Mee Joo Kang, KOICA's global doctor, introduced an overview of the achievements of laparoscopic surgery performed in the hospital, because patients do not need to stay in the hospital for a long time after the operation, so laparoscopic surgery is less painful and cost-effective. She said that in addition to setting up a laparoscopic surgery center, education on laparoscopic skills and equipment maintenance will continue. Dr. Kang said that the project carried out 49 laparoscopic operations, and 25 operating room nurses received training in the use and maintenance of surgical equipment in 14 training courses. In addition, she said that 64 doctors conducted 68 simulated laboratory courses and 2 animal laboratory courses. According to Dr. Kang, the training aims to provide Ghanaian doctors and nurses with training in laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh, medical director of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital of the Center of Excellence, said that the hospital’s ongoing laparoscopic surgery is in line with the hospital’s vision to become a center of excellence in the country and beyond. He added that GRAH has been receiving some referral cases from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, and the client chose this facility as a referral center after the establishment of the Laparoscopic Surgery Center. He further stated that the hospital is also going to be used as one of the tourist health facilities in Ghana. Talking about other advantages of laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Srofenyoh said that due to the smaller incision, pain and bleeding are reduced, adding that it increases the turnover rate of the hospital bed and reduces the length of the waiting list.
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