Takoradi, Ghana January 2014
Operation Hernia – Polish Team to Takoradi/Dixcove (Ghana)
Team members: Maciej mietañski, Kamil Bury, Magda Bury, Maciej Pawlak, Stefan mietañski, D. Richert
Since 2005 Operation Hernia sends doctors of good will to Takoradi in Ghana to help Dr Bernard Boateng Duah to treat people suffering from hernia and related diseases. On the 17th of January 2014 three doctors under leadership of Maciej mietañski fled cold Polish winter and have landed in benevolent and warm embraces of Accra to become a part of fantastic charity mission.
After a day of traveling with few sightseeing stops in Kakum National Park and Elmina Castle we have reached Takoradi. During the week of intense work the two teams, one in Takoradi and the second in Dixcove, we have managed to operate more than 50 cases. For the young doctors Kamil Bury and Maciej Pawlak it was an amazing and memorable experience. We were the second team to work in Dixocve and were met with fantastic welcoming and gratitude and therefore generated a good spirit of cooperation and much satisfaction.
Maciej mietañski as always made an excellent work, operating on the most difficult cases and performing as many as 10 operations per day. In both Takoradi Hospital and GPHA Hospital we were met with good atmosphere that made the hard days of surgery pleasant and memorable.
The last few days of our mission we have spend recharging batteries on the beach near Akwidaa, beautiful place with long sandy beaches, huge waves and cold Star beer.
Unfortunately good times ends to fast and our pack had to leave Ghana and head back to Poland where thermometers were showing -15oC. We will surely return with some more help and a mission to the Northern Region.
We would like to thank Dr Boateng for all of his help and for being there for us in the difficult moments and also to Linda and Benedicte for taking good care of us in the Villa. Special thanks to the staff in the Takoradi Hospital, GPHA Hospital and Dixcove Hospital for their help and worm welcome.
Polish Team Takoradi.