Accra, 14 February, 2020 / 1:40 am (ACI Africa).
As the universal Church marked the 28th World Day of the Sick February 11, the Catholic Church in Ghana through the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) launched the St Pauline Clinic, dedicated to diabetic care.
Based in the capital city of the West African nation, “St. Pauline Clinic will be used as a base, working with various Municipal Health Directorates in Accra, to launch a school diabetic care programme, which will involve continuous screening, education, counselling and treatment of diabetic cases,” the Director of the NCHS, George A. Adjei, said during official inauguration of the facility.
“At the new Clinic, adults especially the working class would be targeted for both diabetes and hypertension care while plans were being put in place to screen for a number of other conditions including cervical cancer and Parkinson’s disease,” Mr. Adjei said February 7 during the ceremony that took place at the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) in Accra.
The name of the clinic is in honor of St. Pauline, a Catholic nun from Austria-Hungary who worked in Brazil. She was diabetic and prayed unceasingly for a cure and for others suffering from diabetes.
Consisting of two consulting rooms, two recovery rooms, a pharmacy, laboratory, administration, outpatient department, stores, warehouse and washrooms, the facility was built by Novo Nordisk, a Danish global health care company and world leader in diabetes care, in partnership with the NCHS.