St Joseph's Hospital, Jirapa

Ghana Hospital ward

The White Fathers were the first to make Jirapa, in the extreme north of Ghana, known to a wider public. Their missionary activities, beginning around 1930, yielded spectacular results with many thousands of Christian converts and laid the foundations for the development of the national clergy. The most famous was Peter Cardinal Devy, made a Cardinal by Pope John XXIII. Because of the White Father presence, medical care was provided early at Jirapa and the present hospital with 174 beds is vital to the health of the population. From time to time, Inter Care has provided supplies to the hospital and has recently resumed regular supplies after a gap of some years. Inter Care visited in September 2010 and discovered that the busy hospital which serves a population of 60,000 in a radius of 30 miles is difficult to get to due to the poor state of the roads. The HIV positive rate is around 4.5% which is higher than the national average of 2%, as the men are much more resistant to counselling and testing here. They discussed the problems that they have with sub-standard drugs that they purchase and are far happier to use the medicines they receive from Inter Care than from private pharmacy sources due to the quality. Although a large hospital, we noted what a big difference Inter Care medicines make.

Hospital ward
Outside view of hospital with people riding past on bikes.
Outside view of the anti-natal pavilion
Outside view of hospital with people riding past on bikes. Outside view of the anti-natal pavilion

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