The Medical Dental Council Ghana has increased the cost of new temporary medical license registrations to 759USD. Previously, the new registrations fee had been 660USD.
All foreign physicians who are licensed in their home country and come to work at BMC must register and pay this fee.
Once a physician receives a Temporary Registration, it only costs 506GHS (~42USD) to renew it annually.
MDCG Link: https://www.mdcghana.org/renewal/
Since the early 1980s, Tommy Harrison of Smith’s Station, AL and Dr. Fuller Robinson of Roanoke, VA have been coming to Nalerigu to serve at BMC.
Tommy volunteered as a field engineer doing maintaince work at the hospital, drilling wells in the the surrounding communities and advising on many construction projects over the years. Tommy amazingly taught himself Mampruli and setup preaching points in remote villages – many of which became churches.
Dr. Robinson setup the hospital’s dental program and has been doing annual (often bi-annual) trips to provide mobile dental services to villages in the region.
After a dinner of Tommy & Fuller’s favorite Ghanaian dishes, Rev. Mark Copolla gave a brief devotional highlighting how the two men’s decades of Kingdom work reflect the life of Christ they are compelled to imitate. Then the Faile Foundation president Dr. Paul Shumpert presented them each with a framed citation expressing appreciation for their service. They also received matching t-shirts that read “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant.”
Following is information that will help volunteers traveling to BMC to be prepared for a smooth travel experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this helps as you prepare to come serve with us again.
Please visit the official Accra Airport (KIA) website for the latest news, guidelines and updates.
1) All persons 18 years-old and above arriving in Ghana will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Approved vaccines are listed here: https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/agency/who/
Latest COVID-19 requirement details here: https://twitter.com/DSD_GHS/status/1610182996715528192
(Note that while Ghana now offers a double PCR test alternative to vaccination, we ask that all BMC volunteers be fully vaccinated).
2) You have to complete an online Health Declaration Form before passing immigration in Accra.
It is available here: https://www.ghs-hdf.org/ (select “Vaccinated COVID-19 Traveler”)
A NEGATIVE COVID-19 antigen test is required to re-enter the US
As of June 12, 2022, a negative antigen test before departure to the US is no longer required for fully vaccinated passengers.
If you do wish to get a rapid antigen COVID before your flight back to the US, we have been using OmniLab which is conveniently located at the exit of the domestic terminal. A 30-minute rapid antigen test costs 100 cedis.
See CDC test requirements here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
Our BMC volunteers guesthouse rates have been simplified to a single $25/person all inclusive daily rate and $30/day for an air conditioned room.
All Inclusive – Lodging/Meals/Internet per day
Per person rate * $25 (see amount in GHS) / $30 for Air conditioned room
* Per Person rate is irrespective of whether rooms are shared or not. Rooms are given on a first- come first-served basis.
$35/ person one way, $70/ person roundtrip
$5 GHS per load (wash & dry)
Thanks to a special gift through the International Mission Board, BMC has been able to upgrade its security fence around the lower campus where the volunteer guesthouses are located.
The new 650+ meters of security fencing have six feet of chainlink with barbed wire and an additional line of barbed wire at 7 feet.
After taking a year of sabbatical leave that was unexpectedly extended by several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BMC’s surgeon Dr. Heidi Haun, her husband Rev. William Haun and their children returned to Nalerigu on September 24th.
During her absence, her role at BMC as surgical consultant was graciously filled by volunteer physician Dr. Anastasia Furtak.
The Haun family has committed to another 4-year term of volunteer service at BMC.
In a recent memo, the management of the Ghana Baptist Convention’s guest house in Accra announced that its costs will go up by 17.5% as they are legally required to collect VAT (Value Added Tax).
This increase only applies to the guest house in Accra, not the BMC guest house’s cost.
Dear valued customer,
Please be informed that the Ghana Baptist Guest House is now registered for VAT( Value Added Tax) collection on behalf of government.We are hereby notifying you all that our rates as from Monday 22nd July, 2019 will have 17.5% of the total value added to it as we are legally required to do.
We assure you of our continued homely hospitality at all times.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Accra Guest House’s staff directly at [email protected] or +233 302 777 542.
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of Bawa Ziblim (photo center) on Sunday, April 14th.
For decades, “Mr. Bawa,” as he was affectionately called, served as a cook to BMC missionary doctors and volunteers. He was an incredibly humble and dedicated man who always strived to meet any and every need of the volunteers in his care. His service behind-the-scenes was critical to the quality care provided by the many volunteer physicians every year at BMC.
Please keep his wife Comfort, his children, and his grandchildren in your prayers during this difficult time.