Tamale Urology & Modern Surgical Center

Mission

Tamale Urology and Modern Surgical Centre recognizes the value of each person and is guided by a commitment to excellence.

We provide exemplary care for our patients and their families. We balance the commitment of care for those most in need with the provision of highly specialized services to all categories of patients. We achieve this by creating a working environment where each individual is valued, respected and encouraged to grow professionally in order to deliver excellent health care.

We collaborate with academic institutions and tertiary health facilities as well as providers of primary health care, in order to achieve goals set by the Ministry of Health of Ghana. Our Physicians, nurses, allied staff and partners are committed to serving all without regard to age, colour, creed or gender whilst upholding professional ethics.

Vision

To deliver quality care through quick access to modern services in a hygienic and infection free environment, offered by well trained and motivated professional staff and tailored to each individual patient.

To deliver quality care through quick access to modern services in a hygienic and infection free environment, offered by well trained and motivated professional staff and tailored to each individual patient.

Core Values

  • We listen to our patients and provide feedback
  • We treat all with respect and dignity
  • We inform and educate our patients using the principles of evidence-based medicine

About Le Mete Ghana


Le Mete Ghana is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Not for Profit Organization (NPO) in Ghana. It was incorporated at the Registrar General’s Department of Ghana on 13th November 2012 (appendix 1) and given a certificate to commence business on 26th November 2012 (appendix 2).

The main objectives are to promote health, to provide direct medical assistance to needy and vulnerable groups such as children and women and to support the education of needy children and young health professionals.

Le Mete NGO Ghana and its sister organization based in Italy, Le Mete Onlus Italia and other Italian collaborators, has completed a project in Tamale to provide a modern centre for surgical treatment of urological, pelvic floor, as well as other surgical diseases. The centre serves as a training ground for doctors and nurses in modern surgical diagnosis and treatment thereby meeting one of its main objectives – to offer training for medical and nursing students from various training institutions.

The surgical centre was inaugurated on 21st May 2016. The theatre has been christened ‘Simone Alcuri Centre’

Background Relevance

Until 1st April 2010 when the first urologist arrived in Tamale, the North of Ghana never enjoyed regular urology services. Up until 2014 there was only one urologist, who was regularly supported by the ‘Ananse Project’ headed by Dr Hans de Wall – a Dutch urologists based in Ofinso, Ghana.

Currently, Tamale Teaching Hospital, offers urology diagnosis and treatment on a limited scale to the entire population of the three northern regions and the other catchment areas. Only Ten percent (10%) of planned elective urological surgical cases are carried out annually due to lack of theatre space among other reasons.

Tamale, where the centre is located is the capital city of the Northern Region. It is said to be the fastest growing city in West Africa. The Simone Alcuri Centre which is part of a modern surgical facility is expected to serve the three Northern Regions (i.e. Upper East, Upper West and Northern) as well as northern parts of Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions (the so-called Savannah Zone).

Currently, these are the areas from which most patients visit the urology clinic in Tamale. In addition, there are patients from the neighboring Republics of Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Togo. The estimated catchment population is over 6 million people served by five urologists.

One peculiar problem in this catchment area is the long distances patients need to travel in order to receive health care. In some cases patients may travel over 250 kilometers to receive emergency urological treatment.

Most roads are not asphalted and some communities are inaccessible especially during the rainy season. Poverty rates are higher for these communities and the health indicators are the worst in Ghana. Obstetric care is not readily available leading to prolonged labour and complications like vesico-vaginal fistula formation.

Economic activity is mainly subsistence farming during the relatively short rainy season. Hence, food security is not guaranteed for a good proportion of the population. This has led to unacceptable levels of malnutrition and stunted growth in children in these communities. Against this background, there are vast fertile lands that can be put to use.

Until recently, many men, women and children with urological and other surgical conditions were referred to centres in Kumasi or Accra. The journey would often mean completely deserting their farms and homes for a considerable length of time. They face the choice of seeking treatment and losing a livelihood or staying behind and suffering silently with their health condition or in some cases lose their lives.

The urology unit at Tamale Teaching Hospital has access to a consulting room only once a week and on the average, 5 hours a week of theatre time to carry out surgical operations. This has always led to a long waiting list.

Our Goal

The goal of the project is to provide a facility that will offer modern urology and surgical services to the people of the catchment area at the lowest possible cost and to extend general health services to the communities by means of outreach visits.

This centre augments the services of the Tamale Teaching Hospital as well as the University for Development Studies and shall be the nerve centre for urological and surgical research and training in the North of Ghana. It shall also serve as a centre for the training of urology nurses and perioperative staff. We carry out scheduled outreach visits to selected hospitals in the catchment area.

It should be noted that our centre is not in competition with facilities such as the Tamale Teaching Hospital, our role is complementary. The Teaching Hospital, with which we have a Memorandum of Understanding, is well endowed with modern buildings and some equipment. It was recently revamped at the cost of millions of Euros. However, there are many challenges.

The urology team for example at the Tamale Teaching Hospital is assigned only one day in the theatre and another day at the outpatient clinic per week. So the expertise of the Urology team is ‘wasted’ for the rest of the week. Thanks to the Simone Centre, we have an opportunity to offer our expertise to diagnose and treat more patients. Another point of relevance is the flexibility of work at the Simone Centre.

A patient after diagnosis may receive his surgical treatment within a few hours or days if he is found to be fit for surgery. At the teaching hospital it may take several months (average 4 months) to secure a date to receive surgical treatment.

Collaboration with other agencies

The project works closely with the Ghana Health Service since it offers outreach visits to the regional hospitals as well as the district hospitals.

It serves as a referral centre for these facilities. These visits offer not only clinical services but also continuing professional development to the staff of Ghana Health Service by way of workshops, lectures and skills training.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Tamale Teaching Hospital and the University for Development Studies.

Our Services

General Consulting

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Prostate Cancer Screening

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Treatment of Kidney Bladder Stones

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Laboratory Services

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Vvf Surgery

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Male Infertility & Impotency Treatment

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Our Team

Dr. Akis Afoko

Director

Dr. Akis Afoko

Director

Dr. Akis Afoko

Director

Dr. Akis Afoko

Director

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Activites

2017-03-05

ACTIVITIES FOR 2017

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

One of the strategies for 2017 was outreach to communities. Outreach activities covered general consultation and screening for cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and breast using clinical methods and ultrasonography. All services were rendered at no cost to the beneficiaries of the programme. Routine deworming was done for nearly 2000 school children.

During outreach pregnant women received ultrasonography examination to check for foetal wellbeing, dates, placenta localization, and maternal abdominal imaging. They also had a urine dip stick for protein, ketones and glucose. These simple procedures have a positive outcome in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.

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2015-03-05

ACTIVITIES FOR 2015

In 2015 funding shall be sought for the commencement of construction of dedicated wards, a morgue, a diagnostic centre and an administrative block. Among the wards, priority shall be given to the construction of a female urology ward with the intent of providing adequate space for obstetric fistula cases. Another priority ward shall be the children’s ward. Funding shall also be sought for the purchase of ultra-modern diagnostic and treatment equipment for prostate cancer as well as prostate enlargement.

Outreach activities shall intensify and will target mainly women and school children in all parts of the catchment area. Training of nurses in advanced surgical nursing shall begin by June 2015. Beneficiary groups shall include trainee nurses from both the nursing training college of Tamale as well as the nursing department of the University for Development Studies. Training in modern surgical practice for medical students and interns shall begin by May 2015. All doctors in the northern sector may apply for update courses and skills training. There shall be a deliberate policy of gender equity in the planning and carrying out of training and other programmes, with a propensity to favour females, who currently are more disadvantaged.

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2014-03-05

ACTIVITIES FOR 2014

The year began with various activities including support for paediatric patients on chemotherapy for Wilm’s tumour. At the beginning of the year four children were at various stages of chemotherapy. All these children were supported with pre-treatment laboratory testing on a weekly basis and a total of twelve weeks treatment with cytotoxic drugs.

There was a visit to Tamale by Giacomo Alcuri in January 2014. He held discussions with the President and members of Le Mete Ghana and reemphasised the need for the commencement of the construction of the Simone centre for Urological and Pelvic floor disorders. He returned to Italy after getting a firm commitment from the Le Mete Ghana Team that the construction will begin before June 2014.

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Welcome to Le Mete Ghana

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Call:+233 54 490 3993/+233 20 683 5046
Monday-Saturday (8am-6pm)

Email: info@lemeteghana.org
Web: www.lemeteghana.org

Location: Along Yendi Road
Nanton Zuo, Tamale

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