A Speech Delivered by the NaYiri – Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area on the Occasion of 60 Years Celebration of Baptist Medical Centre on the 8th November, 2018 at Nalerigu, Ghana.
Your Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia,
Our own MP for Nalerigu-Gambaga Constituency and Minister for Local Government and Rural Development – Labginsim Pɔ’anaaba, Hajia Alima Mahama, Ministers of State present, Members of Parliament present,
The presence of Ghana Baptist Convention,
Representative of International Mission Board,
Representative of the George Faile Foundation,
The Chairman of Baptist Health Services Council,
The Regional Director of Health Service, CEO of National Health Institution Authority, MMDCEs present,
My revered chiefs of Mamprugu and beyond present,
The management team and staff of BMC, Heads of Departments present,
The security personnel present, our friends, the Media,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Mamprugu, to welcome all of you gathered here today, to join in the celebration of 60th anniversary of this great health service institution of ours: BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTRE.
From its humble beginning in the late fifties, it has provided quality health care services to clients from within Ghana and across borders into Togo and Burkina Faso.
As we celebrate the 60 years of providing quality services, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the founding fathers who contributed so much towards its growth.
In this regard, I would like to mention Dr. George M. Faile II, prominent medical doctor of BMC among others. My own father, the NaYiri at that time, Naa-Sheriga Abdulai Mahami who readily bought the idea of the hospital when it was proposed and gave out land generously.
As we pay glowing tributes to founding fathers of the hospital I do not lose sight of the enormous contribution of both the past and current crop of workers.
It is they who have made BMC what it is today through their dedication and commitment to service. Through their hard work, BMC stands tall among health facilities in the north in particular and the country as a whole.
In the development arena, BMC has indirectly contributed in no small way towards the development of Mamprugu. The outreach activities of the Public Health Department of the hospital have helped in the opening up of the area particularly in the East Mamprugu Municipality.
Most of the rural communities have been made accessible through the outreach programs. As the then chief of Gbangdaa, in the 80s, the BMC Public Health team visited my community and others regularly for child-welfare clinics when there was hardly any motorable road.
Your Excellency the Vice President, ladies and gentlemen, as we celebrate BMC’s 60 years of service to Mamprugu, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of major stakeholders whose roles I cannot forget to mention.
The people of Mamprugu have contributed to the growth of BMC by ensuring that there has been peace. There is no gain saying that Mamprugu has enjoyed relative peace over the years, and as we look into the future, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all the people of Mamprugu to ensure that we continue to maintain the prevailing peace. For without peace there cannot be any meaningful development.
The International Mission Board who initiated the idea of the hospital. For some period IMB was the main financial supporter of the institution. It is worth noting that even though the administrative responsibility of the BMC is now with the Ghana Baptist Convention, IMB still gives some financial support.
It is my hope that this support will continue in order to enhance its growth.
Since taking over the mantle of running the hospital, the Ghana Baptist Convention through its Medical Services Council, has demonstrated its commitment and determination of making sure that BMC grows through the building of its capacity.
Sometime last year, I was privileged to cut the sod for the construction of new wards. These wards when completed will increase the hospital inpatient capacity. It has come to my notice that the projects is a little behind and I therefore want to take this time to call on the contractor to speed up work so that wards would be completed as soon as possible.
As I mentioned earlier, the founding fathers of BMC gave their best, they worked hard and through that many lives were saved and continue to be saved.
To those of you who are building on what they laid, I would urge you to follow their example so that the enviable reputation their efforts have brought to BMC will not be lost.
For roles played by all other stakeholders to ensure that BMC continues to serve humanity, I say thank you, Mamprugu owes you tons of gratitude, BMC is Mamprugu and Mamprugu is BMC.
I am aware that, there is a shortage of doctors in the hospital. I would want to appeal to both the IMB and the Ghana Baptist Convention to do their best to recruit more doctors into the hospital.
To conclude, I would like to digress a little. In 2017, I petitioned the President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for the creation of the North East Region. God being on our side, our petition was granted and what is left is a referendum. By this, we are expected to come out in our numbers to vote YES for the Region.
As a result, I am taking this opportunity to appeal to all sons and daughters of Mamprugu to give me their support by coming out and voting massively YES for North East Region. I cannot wait to see this happen.
On this note, I wish BMC a blessed 60th anniversary celebration, and God bless us all.
Long live Ghana
Long live Mamprugu
Long live BMC
With this week’s big 60th anniversary celebration approaching fast, our guesthouse is filling up with familiar faces. It’s an honor to have these BMC Alumni with us:
- Dr. George & Elisabeth Faile
- Dr. Earl Hewitt
- Jane Paysinger (not pictured)
- Cherry Faile
- Bart Gibbs
- Dr. Fuller Robinson (not pictured)
- Tommy Harrison (not pictured)
Also pictured are the Cahill, Haun and Ackom families as well as visiting IMB missionary Alan Locke.
Ni ti yuum palli! Happy New Year!
That’s the phrase heard all over town today as Nalerigu celebrated the Fire Festival last night. We at BMC were excited that we didn’t have anyone admitted with major injuries from burns or guns due to the rather rowdy celebrations. We hope you also had a fun and safe celebration.
Nawunni nin kyɛ ka yuum kan kyɛna paai ti ni alafɛa! May God allow us to reach the next year in good health!
The Ghana Baptist Convention is holding their annual session and reported statistics on BMC in their 2018 annual report. The details are as follows:
BMC, Nalerigu has a bed capacity of 180 as at June 2018. The total number of birth deliveries from January to June 2018 was 1,616. Minor surgeries for the period were 961, while Major Surgeries recorded 647 for the period under consideration. There were 300 Caesarean Sections and 3 maternal mortalities were recorded during the year. OPD attendance for the six months from January to June 2018 was 36,083 while admissions for the period were 6,895.
On May 29, 2018 BMC held its 60th Anniversary celebrations launch event. After a program officially starting the next six months of programs, the BMC staff paraded through Nalerigu and Gambaga in celebration of the milestone. The celebrations with conclude with a grande finale on November 8th of this year.
Every year the chaplains at BMC compile a report about their work at the hospital. It is always a great source of joy and encouragement to see the spiritual impact BMC has on its patients and their caretakers. Here are the significant numbers from the 2017 report:
• 1103 accepted Christ
• 1075 rededicated their lives to Christ
• 59 terminally ill patients were counseled
• 886 people were followed up with in 72 different communities
BMC is extremely blessed to have three chaplains who are passionate about evangelism and counseling. Rev. Rebecca, Rev. Adams and Victoria have a massive workload load considering that they are just three chaplains and the hospital receives tens of thousands of patients every year.
Join us in praising God for calling our dedicated chaplains to work at BMC and for using them to encourage and speak life-changing Truth to the patients. To God be the glory!
Our BMC guesthouse rates have been simplified to a single $20/person all inclusive daily rate and $25/day for an air conditioned room. Transportation and laundry rates have not changed.
All Inclusive – Lodging/Meals/Internet/TV per day
Per person rate * $20 (see amount in GHS) / $25 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.
75 GHS/ person one way, 150 GHS/ person RT
5 GHS per load for washing
5 GHS per load for drying
This past weekend, we were honored to have the United States Ambassador Robert Jackson visit BMC and the paramount chief here in Nalerigu.
BMC doctors and hospital matron Mr. Yiddi gave the ambassador and his entourage a tour of the hospital facilities. Following, the Ambassador had a private meal with Americans who live in East Mamprusi District. The meal was hosted by Francis Ackom of the George Faile Foundation.
Finally, an official visit to the NaYiri was made where the American diplomats received a warm welcome from the Overlord, his elders, warriors and subchiefs. A dance troupe performed traditional Damba and Takai dances accompanied by lunsi drummers and gongyi fiddlers. After exchanging greetings and gifts, the NaYiri had his elders bestowed the honorary title of Sumniraana on his excellency which means “Chief of Good Relations.”