June 21, 2024
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First Pediatric Hospital in Northern Ghana opens in Tamale

An ultramodern children’s hospital, Excellent Touch Medical Services has opened at Choggu-Yapalsi, a suburb of Tamale with the mission to provide quality medical services for children. The hospital is the first pediatric hospital in northern Ghana and co-foundered by a couple, Pastor Duston Wanyur, a Pastor at Sanctuary of Wind and Fire, AG Church and Dr. Priscilla Alhassan, a pediatrician at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH).

The medical director of Excellent Touch Medical Services, Dr. Priscilla Alhassan, speaking during the opening of the facility on Friday June 23, 2023, underscored the vision that motivated the establishment of the hospital. She said the pediatric hospital was established with the aim to provide affordable quality, excellent and affordable medical care for children in Tamale and northern Ghana at large.

“So our aim to provide a comfortable and a warm environment in which children can receive medical attention and not just that and receive monitoring as they grow and also to specialized pediatric care to the children of the north” she emphasized.

Dr. Priscilla Alhassan also stated that the mission of the hospital is to focus on preventive medical care and not just curative while carrying out outreach programmes to sensitise the people of the communities in the region on diverse health conditions.

“We are also interested in school health so we will do school health screening, free medical outreaches, radio talk shows to educate the general public on how sensitive how child health care is and peculiar issues children face” she noted.

She commended the Chief of Choggu-Yapalsi, elders and the people for their outstanding support they offered for the establishment of the hospital in the community.

The services Excellent Touch Medical Services will be rendering include Outpatient consultation (OPD), in patient care, specialized clinic, mother care clinic, well child clinic, speech therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, laboratory services among others. 

Nyab Choggu-Yapalsi Naa, Naa Mahama Bugli, who graced the opening ceremony, commended the founders of Excellence Medical Touch Services for choosing to establish the hospital at his community. He said he was overly excited over what he said the kind gesture and the honour done his people and prayed for the founders and workers of the hospital. He said though the facility is located in his traditional jurisdiction but the benefits will extend to the entire Dagbon and northern region at large. He noted that his doors are wide open for workers of the hospital and was willing to support them in any capacity. He admonished the doctors, nurses and workers to exercise the highest restraint when dealing with the patients. He also encouraged by them to be professional in the discharge of their duties and build the hospital to become a centre of medical excellence in Ghana and beyond.

Rev. Aaron L. Fant, Senior Pastor of the Sanctuary of Wind and Fire, AG Church, who dedicated the facility to Christ, commended Nyab Choggu-Yapalsi Naa for supporting the establishment of the hospital.

“This is a sign that our Chief is a good man” he eulogized. He also applauded the founders of Excellent Touch Medical Services for establishing the facility, stressing that, “this is an everlasting legacy for generations yet unborn”.

“We want to appreciate Mr. and Mrs. Pastor Duston Wanyur, Pastor Dr. Priscilla Alhassan both pastors Wind and Fire Sanctuary of the Assemblies of God.  Congratulations to you both. This is far bigger ministry than the pulpit ministry. This will touch many lives including non Christians” he emphasized.

 Some of the residents of the area expressed joy over the opening of the facility. They are hopeful that the facility will provide quality medical services to the children of the community and Tamale at large.

As part of the activities to mark the opening of the facility, a free health exercise was organized on Saturday June 24, 2023 for the people of the community and beyond. Three hundred twenty two (322) people were treated of various illnesses free of charge to commence the facility’s operations.

Story by Ibrahim Angaangmeni Alhassan/radiotamaleonline.com

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