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The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois [Sunday, June 15, 2008]



 

Education will be other emphasis of Ghana hospital

By KATHLEEN OSTRANDER
STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Posted Jun 15, 2008 @ 08:07 AM

 

The International Health and Development Network Mission Hospital in Wheta-Dzadokpo, outside Agbozume , Ghana , will ensure continuity of health care to nearby villages, as well as promote the education that Dr. Edem Agamah of Springfield stresses in visits to his homeland.

The three-story, 20,000-square-foot building, with its own power supply, has six examining rooms on the first floor, plus areas for patient registration, accounting and medical records. The pharmacy, lab and radiology area are also on the first floor along with a break room and changing rooms for staff, an emergency room and operating area, an ambulance bay and an outpatient infusion room.

The second floor holds offices for doctors and nurses, a staff lounge, two self-contained living suites for visiting doctors and offices for IHDN officials. The second floor also has a community education area, Agamah said.

A conference room seats between 60 and 80 people, and the community outreach areas will house a social worker and home health workers, and will serve as offices for visiting dental staff. Agamah, whose education includes genetics and biostatistics, has a research area on the second floor.

A computer science lab, along with a computer server and other computer equipment, are also on the second floor. Agamah has tried to take computer science teachers with him during his visits to help bring the “computer age” to the area. 

Ghana.com touts itself as the premier Internet service provider for Western Africa , and Internet service is quite reliable, Agamah said. To save money, he keeps in touch with his parents in Agbozume using a computer phone service.

The third floor will eventually house a radio station that will broadcast health information in addition to some entertainment broadcasting, Agamah said. A third-floor media center will also have an area for print journalists.