An orthopedic Surgeon with the Saint Joseph hospital in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Dr. Francis Odei-Ansong has called on government to establish more orthopedic training centers in the country.
He said this would facilitate the training of more orthopedic doctors as Ghana with a population of about 30 million people can only boast of 50 orthopedic surgeons.
Currently the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospitals are training orthopedic surgeons for the country.
He said about four orthopedic surgeons are produced in the country per year adding that about five people enrolled for the programme this year.
He said the Upper West Region with a population of about 800,000 has only one orthopedic surgeon working at the Saint Theresa’s Hospital in Nandom.
He also noted that the Ashanti Region with a population of about four million people have 8 orthopedic surgeons whiles the Greater Accra region has 26 orthopedic surgeons.
The Northern region has four orthopedic surgeons while the Upper East Region has one.
Dr. Odei-Ansong stated that the situation widens the gap in terms of universal access to trauma and orthopedic care in the country.
He said 60% of trauma cases in the country occur through road crashes but most of the victims resort to seeking health care from traditional bone setters as they are unable to get the needed services when they are rushed to the hospital.
Dr. Odei-Ansong made this known in Kumasi during a training for about 35 journalist from the Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo , Northern , Upper East and Upper West Regions on how to report on trauma and orthopedic cases in the country.
The training workshop which was organized by OA Alliance in collaboration with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons forms part of efforts to create awareness on pediatric trauma and fractures in the country and to achieve the overall goal of the pediatric fracture solutions for Ghana project.
The Project seeks to reduce disability, morbidity and mortality from pediatric musculoskeletal trauma through prevention, education and by improving the clinical care provided by doctors, nurses, allied health care workers, first interveners and primary care givers.