The Na’aba Akparibilla Medical Centre
The Na’aba Akparibilla Medical Centre opened its doors to the village of Zebilla, Ghana in 2004. Located in a region where HIV/AIDS is on the rise and infant mortality rates are high, largely due to malarial infections and lack of knowledge about immunizations and parasitic infections, the Centre is a vital medical resource.
In early 2009 the clinic was treating an average of 22 patients per day. In April, the Na’aba Akparibilla Medical Centre (NAMC) moved toward sustainability when it passed its second government inspection, permitting it to accept Ghanaian National Health Insurance. The number of patients seeking care increased dramatically. By June, the number of patients had increased 350% to an average of 100 patients per day. The number of outpatient services more than doubled, and the number of inpatient services more than tripled. The hospital was providing care to over 90,000 people in 22 communities, 26,000 of whom are within easy traveling distance. Patients started coming from neighboring Togo and Burkina Faso to seek medical attention. At this point the patient load plateaued for a period due to limited staffing.
As we wrap up 2013, Kimoyo is working in partnership with a Ghanaian nonprofit organization called St. Luke Hospital at Kasei to assist the NAMC in upgrading its certification with the Private Hospitals and Maternity Homes Board from a clinic status (providing basic health care) to a full hospital status. The transition process is on track to be completed by the beginning of 2015. This requires substantial staffing reorganization as well as facility upgrades and new construction. The clinic is currently seeing over 150 patients per day, due largely to the recent hire of a hospital administrator, a vital step in the transition to hospital status.
The Clinic’s features currently include separate men’s, children’s and pediatric ward, a surgical suite, delivery room, laboratory, doctor’s office, consulting room, pharmacy, and the first ultrasound in a ninety mile radius. The complete hospital will be able to provide x-rays and house small groups of visiting doctors or medical students.
The NAMC conducts education outreach programs in the village of Zebilla and surrounding communities including:
– a simple research and outreach project with local family units, distrubting approximately 1,000 treated mosquito nets per year to families. A subset of these families are tracked for incidence of malaria in young babies when covered in mosquito nets, as compared with families not using the nets.
- tropical disease prevention classes covering hygiene and sanitation taught to approximately 600 people per year.
- monthly small group sessions on managing blood pressure and diabetes.
- monthly small group sessions on alcohol abuse.
- HIV education including extensive educational efforts to break down stigmas against HIV testing.