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  Motec April delegation return from tour of duty. Next stop, June triple jump.

Motec's April team returned to the U.K. on the 29th of April, 2007 tired but satisfied with the work done in Ghana. The team of seven with different roles including an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Anaesthetist, Physiotherapist, Surgical Assistant and I.T. expert provided surgical/medical Services at the Koforidua St. Joseph’s Hospital, performed knee replacements at the Lister Hospital in Accra and paid courtesy calls at the Tema General Hospital and Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital.

The Motec Team invited a representative of a major British Orthopaedic Manufacturing Company, Corin U.K. for the visit to Ghana. Major limb surgery including hip arthroplasties (for fracture, degenerative arthritis and sickle cell avascular necrosis), surgical management of fracture non union, failed fixation of long bone fractures, correction of bone deformities, treatment of spinal diseases were carried out at the St Joseph’s Hospital.

At the heart of the medical/surgical work was training for a local orthopaedic doctor, Dr Quartey, education and on the job training for the nursing, theatre and physiotherapy staff. The communication network at the hospital was also reviewed.

The team also hosted a meeting with a delegation of two from St. Michael’s Hospital, Pramso, comprising Mr Amoateng (The Hospital Director) and the hospital’s resident Nurse Anaesthetist. Education, transfer of skills during Motec’s planned visit to Pramso in October were discussed.

The working visit was hailed as a remarkable success and represented a significant progress for an organisation that is less than a year old. Motec however found the attitude of the only Resident and Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon to visiting teams as unfortunate and regrettable. Motec however has extended its arm of co-operation to the doctor and expressed its readiness to collaborate with all to achieve better care of patients.

Motec is already preparing for a trip to Ghana in June with three consultant led teams visiting Koforidua, Nkawkaw and Tema. 12 members will be travelling out this time.


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