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.”
BMC’s Dr. Heidi Haun and her family were recently at a missions conference and met up with some BMC alumni.
Dr. Earl Hewitt (known locally as Waafu Gɔlum Gɔlum), who served as a physician and medical superintendent at BMC for over 20 years, was there with his wife Mona. He is currently serving as the Senior Medical Consultant for the SBC IMB.
Also attending the meetings were Dr. David Fort and his wife Laurel. Dr. Fort worked as a surgeon at BMC from the 1980s and well into the 90s. They are now living in the US where he works as the SBC IMB’s Lead Member Care Consultant.
What a blessing to see these friends of BMC in such good health and joy!
The Ghana Baptist Convention’s guesthouse in Accra is used by many of our volunteers when arrive in-country or before they leave. The guesthouse recently updated their rates and dining arrangments which you can find in the following PDF: Accra Baptist Guesthouse 2018 rates.
More details on dining from the Guesthouse Management:
A new menu has been introduced where guests will be able to request their choice of menu items from the extensive list provided. Each item is priced on the new menu.
Breakfast will as usual be served from 7.30 am but will continue till 9am. You may submit your request for breakfast the night before or in the morning to the front desk staff who will then pass it on to the kitchen.
From 9am onwards you may choose from the Snack or Main meal items on the menu.
Please allow up to 45 minutes for your meal to be served in the dining room. You will be required to sign the request sheet when you are served.
The last request shall be received by 5.15pm and served before the kitchen closes at 7pm. You may estimate the cost between the following ranges-
Breakfast & Snack Ghc15 – Ghc30. Lunch or Dinner Ghc30 – Ghc40 per person.
We hope that this new arrangement will serve you better by giving you more options always.