The Na’aba Akparibilla Medical Centre
The Na’aba Akparibilla Medical Centre opened its doors to the village of Zebilla, Ghana in 2004. Located in a region where HIV/AIDS is on the rise and infant mortality rates are high, largely due to malarial infections and lack of knowledge about immunizations and parasitic infections, the Centre is a vital medical resource.
The clinic is currently seeing over 600 – 800 patients per month. We have recently hired Dr. Yamile Rodriguez, M.D. FGCPS, as the medical director of the clinic. Chilala Osman serves as the clinic administrator.
The Clinic’s features currently include separate men’s, children’s and pediatric ward, a surgical suite, delivery room, laboratory, doctor’s office, consulting room, pharmacy, and the first ultrasound in a ninety mile radius. The complete hospital will be able to provide x-rays and house small groups of visiting doctors or medical students.
The NAMC conducts education outreach programs in the village of Zebilla and surrounding communities including:
– a simple research and outreach project with local family units, distributing approximately 1,000 treated mosquito nets per year to families. A subset of these families are tracked for incidence of malaria in young babies when covered in mosquito nets, as compared with families not using the nets.
- tropical disease prevention classes covering hygiene and sanitation taught to approximately 600 people per year.
- monthly small group sessions on managing blood pressure and diabetes.
- monthly small group sessions on alcohol abuse.
- HIV education including extensive educational efforts to break down stigmas against HIV testing.