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Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. A good health care system must not focus only on the physical well-being but ensure that the mental and social needs of all users are met. This is an arduous task for developed and developing countries alike. Ghana has made significant strides in the health sector since independence. Average life expectancy is now 60 years - compared with 45 years in 1957; Infant Mortality Rate has dropped from 77 per 1,000 live births in 1983 to 50 per 1,000 live births in 2008. Despite these gains, there are a myriad of bedevilments to the health sector: (1) shortage of health facilities, (2) inadequate medical equipment, (3) poor working conditions, (4) inadequate training and educational facilities, (5) poor remuneration of health care workers, (6) poor attitude of health workers and (7) delays in the delivery of services at health facilities. When I took over operations of Bryan Lowe Orthopaedic Hospital through a long-term lease agreement in November of 2015, my vision was to develop and maintain Medicas Hospital an efficient, responsive, preventive and curative health care provider in Ghana and West-Africa. At Medicas Hospital, we want to establish a place of healing; a place where every patient believes the best effort has been made to make him or her better. Our motto "Healing Hands, Kind Hearts" is not written down to be recited but we actually practice it in our daily work lives. Someday, I shall retire from formal work as a doctor. It is my hope that when that time comes, I leave behind a health care institution that truly cares about the people who walk through its doors. Come and visit us in Akuapem.
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