Liberal National Government continues support for African health care
Ultrasound machine donated to Ghana
RPH State Trauma Service exemplar for Ghanaian development
A chance meeting that led to life-saving treatment by a Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) surgeon on the side of a road in rural Western Australia, has prompted further support from the Liberal National Government for health care in Africa.
Health Minister John Day today officially handed over to the government of Ghana an ultrasound machine, destined for the intensive care unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi.
"Royal Perth Hospital doctor Edward Yeboah was the first on scene following a road accident earlier this year and provided critical care to crash victim Simon Treloar," Mr Day said.
"The life-saving treatment given by Dr Yeboah has received international media attention, as far afield as Dr Yeboah's home country of Ghana where Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is working through the logistics of establishing a trauma unit and registry."
The RPH Trauma Service team are keen to share their knowledge and expertise in this specialist field and excited about the opportunities to support the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital trauma service, starting with the donation of an ultrasound machine.
The Minister said the Royal Perth Hospital trauma service would serve as a model for best practice and the ultimate goal of a comprehensive trauma service for the Ghanaian community.
"RPH is recognised in Australia and New Zealand as a trauma care leader, having attained the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Level 1 Trauma Verification on three consecutive occasions," he said.
"The team at RPH has extensive experience in setting up a trauma support system for a large region, including collecting and analysing data and helping run injury prevention programs.
"The relationships that have been established through this donation mark the start of a longer-term plan to establish a formal support network between RPH and the trauma team at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital."
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is Ghana's main centre for trauma patients
An ultrasound machine is used to see internal body structures with the aim of finding a source of, or to exclude, an injury or disease
The State Government has donated large amounts of medical equipment from de-commissioned hospitals and also supports development programs such as the Global Health Alliance Western Australia - http://www.globalhealthalliance.com.au
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