Third edition of Operation walk underway at Koforidua

Koforidua� The third edition of the outreach programme Operation Walk has begun at the St. Joseph Hospital at Koforidua.

Operation walk is a programme to correct problems of people who have fracture in their waist, joints, legs and need surgery to be fit again to be able to go about their normal duties.

The programme is under the auspices of Operation walk from New York in the United States of America in collaboration with Child Malnutrition Foundation and St. Joseph’s Hospital with Vitamilk as the local sponsors.

The first edition, which took place in 2016, witnessed 46 people being operated, whiles 62 people were operated on in 2017, and this year’s exercise has seen 44 people being operated on in two days, with the expected beneficiaries likely to hit over 90 by the close of the five days exercise.

The exercise has a medical team made up of Doctors, Cardiologist, Physiotherapist, Theatre Nurses, Machinist all numbering 44 from the United States of America.

Speaking at the press briefing, the Chairman of the Child Malnutrition Foundation, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa appealed to corporate Ghana to channel some of their resources to support activities of the Operation Walk, because it is a worthwhile endeavour.

He said the exercise has a lot of local cost, however, with a good sponsorship package, the amount of money the patients will have to pay to be operated would be pretty minimal.

Prof. Akosa said currently a person is charged GH2,000.00 to undergo surgery under the Operation Walk programme.

The money, he said, was intended to support the St. Joseph Hospital because during the period their theatre and wards were occupied.

He added that, the team came with a 40-feeter container full of medical equipment’s and the leftover items will be giving as a form of support to the facility.

Kimberley Murray, Director of the Operation Walk, said her team would have love to come to the country twice every year to undertake operations, however, the programme was financially challenging.

We raise all the funds ourselves to be able to get here, so it is a little bit challenging in terms of our financial stability, she stressed.

She indicated that her team was putting some measures in place to ensure that another team could come to the country should they decide to be coming twice in a year.

She indicated her team’s commitment to continue to work with a vast number of people who needed support.

As part of the exercise, Ambassadors of Vitamilk, Stephen Appiah, Yvonne Nelson, George Kwabena Adu popularly called Kwabena Kwabena and Frema Adunyame of Citi TV took their turn to distribute some Vitamilk products to patients on the wards.

Source: Ghana News Agency