If There Were No Doctors
What if you lived in a place with no doctors?
It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday morning and you suddenly spike a fever and get the chills. You call your doctor’s office to see if you can get an appointment that day and are happy to hear they can see you at 3pm. You wish the appointment was earlier, but fill up your water glass, take a cold pill, and go back to bed for a few hours.
When your doctor sees you she discovers you have a sinus infection and prescribes an antibiotic to clear it up. You drive through the nearest pharmacy on your way home to pick up the antibiotic and you feel much better after only a few days.
Your infection is soon gone and you get back to normal life.
Some of our friends in Ghana are not as lucky. Many people in Ghana live on less than a dollar a day, which isn’t enough to cover the most basic needs, much less a trip to a big city to see a doctor. In many remote rural areas they rely on traditional healers in their community.
According to “Our Africa,” about one quarter of all Ghanaians live more than nine miles from a doctor. That’s a long distance to walk if you are healthy, but can you imagine having to walk or ride your bike nine miles if you were sick?
Recently a group of twenty people from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, went to Ghana as part of a medical Global Ministry Team. The team included doctors and nurses who set up mobile medical clinics in some of the remote villages. People from the community walked to the school, and then lined up to get a medical card and be registered to go through the clinic.
Children and elderly people were some of the most vulnerable patients who were able to see the doctors and get treated. Take a look below to see a video International Needs Regional Director Terry Heyward made on this medical trip.
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