The St. John of God Hospital is located in the mid-west of Ghana in the Brong Ahafo region in a small town of Duayaw Nkwanta with about 18,000 inhabitants. From Accra it is about 7-8 hours away by car.
There is a pretty good infrastructure in this city with good schools. In terms of economy, the main source of income is agriculture.
St. John of God Hospital is a renowned district hospital in Duayaw Nkwanta. In 1989, Mr. Drs. Cor Stevens became more or less coincidentally involved in this hospital, after which he founded our foundation in Maastricht in 1990.
The hospital now has, partly due to the actions of our foundation, a specialized orthopedic center. Patients from many regions up to and including Côte d’Ivoire and Burkino Faso use this specialized orthopedic center for orthopedic problems or traumas. In 2019, there were a total of almost 100,000 outpatient consultations in the hospital, but only 1 doctor out of approx. 10,000 patients. In that year there were about 7000 recordings. In 2019, the total bed capacity was 174 beds. Orthopedics took care of 796 admissions. Orthopedics has more than 50 private beds for adults and children.
An orthopedic team from Maastricht UMC goes to the SJGH every year to treat difficult cases together with the local orthopedic surgeon Dr Moh, but also to collaborate with and contribute to the further training of other doctors, nurses and nurses. paramedics.
For 25 years, between 1994-2019, the orthopedist Paul Rompa from the Netherlands performed orthopedic operations there 2 times a year for 2.5 weeks and helped train orthopedics. 2 new orthopedists, who are now being trained in Uganda, are desperately needed for the St. John of God Hospital, because Paul Rompa is retired and the current orthopedist will soon retire there.
With the cooperation of the UMC Maastricht, there is now a structural approach for the treatment of clubfoot.
There is a large, growing department of physiotherapy and orthopedic instrument making. The diabetic foot now has a protocolled approach.
The hospital has been able to develop to its current level, especially through the efforts of Dr. Prosper Moh, who was largely trained as an orthopedic surgeon at Maastricht UMC.