Struc­tural­heal­ing

China sup­ports ca­pac­ity build­ing to help Africa de­velop sus­tain­able health sys­tems

ChinAfrica - - China Report - By Liu Jian

DOC­TOR Yaw Adu-boakye puts his heart into his work. The Ghana­ian car­diac spe­cial­ist has spent the past year as part of a med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers group re­ceiv­ing skills train­ing in China and is now ready to give back what he learned at home.

Adu-boakye, who prac­tices medicine at the Komfo Anokye Teach­ing Hospi­tal (KATH) in Ku­masi, Ghana, was based at the Guang­dong Gen­eral Hospi­tal’s Car­dio­vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute since Novem­ber 2015, be­ing trained as a spe­cial­ist in pace­mak­ers.

In July Adu-boakye re­turned briefly to Ghana, along with other Ghana­ian doc­tors, to work with a 12-mem­ber team of Chi­nese car­diac ex­perts from the In­sti­tute to per­form open heart surg­eries on four pa­tients and im­plant pace­mak­ers on five oth­ers at KATH.

“Af­ter months of train­ing, I re­turned tem­po­rar­ily to put my skills ac­qui­si­tion to work here [in Ghana],” said Adu-boakye, who hopes to set up a lo­cal pace­maker pro­gram with other Ghana­ian car­diac spe­cial­ists. lar dis­ease risk fac­tors in the Ghana­ian com­mu­ni­ties” in four of the coun­try’s re­gions.

“It will help to iden­tify risk fac­tors of heart or blood ves­sel dis­eases in com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vide timely sup­port and treat­ment sys­tems,” said Owusu.

As one of the demon­stra­tion pro­jects sup­ported by China’s Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (NHFPC), this project aims to en­hance the ca­pac­ity of the Ghana­ian sur­geons to re­spond to car­diac cases and help ad­dress the pub­lic health chal­lenges across the coun­try.

“In or­der to pool our strengths and spe­cial­ties and pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion, 20 Chi­nese and African hos­pi­tals from each side will be linked through the sis­ter hospi­tal ini­tia­tive,” said Feng Yong, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NHFPC’S Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion at the In­no­va­tion of In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Aid Sem­i­nar, part of the 2016 Beijing Fo­rum for Global Health held in Au­gust.

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