Just in time for the celebration of World Day of the Sick, Ghana’s National Catholic Health Service opened St Pauline Clinic, dedicated to diabetic care and other noncommunicable diseases.
St Pauline was 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.
The clinic was built by Novo Nordisk, a Danish global health care company and world leader in diabetes care, in partnership with the National Catholic Health Service. It has two consulting rooms, two recovery rooms, a pharmacy, laboratory, administration, outpatient department, stores, warehouse and washrooms.
George Adjei, director of the National Catholic Health Service, said diabetes was one of the emerging non-communicable diseases that had gained importance.
“St Pauline Clinic will be used as a base, working with various municipal health directorates in Accra, to launch a school diabetic care program, which will involve continuous screening, education, counselling and treatment of diabetic cases,” he said.
Picture: Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu of Ho, who is in charge of health issues for the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, blesses the St Pauline Clinic with holy water after commissioning it in Accra. The clinic was built by Novo Nordisk, a Danish global health care company and world leader in diabetes care, in partnership with the National Catholic Health Service. (CNS photo/Damian Avevor).