The fourth edition of the United States Medical Readiness Training Exercise 19-3 (MEDRETE) has ended on Friday 21 June 2019 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
Exercise MEDRETE is an annual exchange programme organised between the United State Armed Forces and the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Corps. It is to nurture the relationship between the two forces and also tap on each other’s expertise.
During the three-week exercise, the medical team performed general surgery and general cases on 350 patients with different health conditions at various departments such as the Medical Emergency Unit, Trauma Surgical and Emergency, Intensive Care and Anesthesia Units as well as the Maternity and Main Theatres.
In view of this, a colourful but short ceremony was held for the team at the Officers’ Mess of the Hospital to show appreciation for their immense contribution to the facility and the Ghana Armed Forces Medical Services (GAFMS) as a whole.
In his remarks, the Director General, GAFMS, Brig Gen Ernest Crosby Saka (Jr) expressed his gratitude on the good work done and for demonstrating a high level of professionalism over the past few years adding that, it would heighten the existing relationship between the two countries.
The 21-member-team donated assorted medical items worth over Eighty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH?8000.00) to the Hospital. The items donated include Crete and gauze bandages, Cotton wool, Plaster rolls, Intravenous Cannula, Pulse Oxineter and Surgical gloves.
Receiving the medical items on behalf of High Command and the entire Medical Corps, the Commander of the Hospital, Brig Gen Micheal Akwasi Yeboah-Agyapong thanked them for the kind gesture and indicated that the items would go a long way to help patients at the various wards and departments.
The Commanding Officer of the Hospital Col Nii Adjah Obodai, Bilateral Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Ghana, Lt Col Katherine Headley, Officer in Charge of the Team Lt Col Hofmann, Coordinator for the team, Col (Dr) Samuel Offei Awuku, Chief Nursing Officer of the Hospital, Col Josephine Vowotor and some Senior Officers were present.
The Command Surgeon of the United States Army Africa (USARAF) and leader of the team, Col Kelly Murray thanked Command for allowing them have such an exchange programme with the facility. Col Murray advised the team to put in to practice what they had learnt during their three week stay at the facility.