Baptist Medical Centre has an inpatient capacity of around 137 beds. It is located in the town of Nalerigu in rural northeast Ghana. The inpatient wards include pediatric (1), male medical/surgical (2), female medical/surgical (3), isolation/TB (1), and maternity (1). The number of beds in each ward include: pediatric (~47), male (25), female (24), isolation/TB (23), and maternity (18). There is currently no ER, but the hospital is open 24 hours a day to receive emergency cases. Approximately 400 patients are seen each clinic day (MWF). There is also a dental clinic located in the hospital, staffed by Ghanaians, doing primarily extractions and cleanings three days per week and administrative work two days per week. Short-term volunteers are reviewed and accepted on a case by case basis depending on facility needs and skill sets of the volunteer.
- CHSC medical needs at this facility:
- Family Medicine/Internal Medicine/Pediatrician
- General Surgeon
- RN’s multiple specialties, ideally an RN Clinical Educator
CHSC missionary physicians Tim and Lori Cahill serve at this facility.
Language: English is spoken by most hospital staff and is the country’s official language. It predominates in government and business affairs, and it is the standard language used for educational instruction. However, BMC is located among the Mamprusi people, and the majority of patients seen at the hospital do not speak or understand English. The primary language in the region is Mampruli. There are also a variety of other languages spoken by patients, including Twi, Bimoba, Mossi, Fulani, French, and others.
Housing: There is a nice guesthouse available on the mission station for short-term visitors. Housing for long-term staff may or may not be available.
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