People not Projects

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My interest in Orthopedics started when I completed medical school and I was on my intern year. I worked with a Doctor from the Netherlands who identified that I would be a good orthopaedic surgeon. He was older so I did the night calls. I was able to do basic but necessary things to help during the night and then he could treat it in the morning. He was always very impressed with my work. I took my inspiration from him.

Now, orthopedics is my passion!

The best part of my job is seeing the outcomes! Patients are very appreciative. When someone comes in who can’t walk and then two weeks later they are able to- the results are there to see. In Ghana, orthopaedic is a new discipline so people would have gone for treatment and lay in a bed for up to a year because they did not know there was an alternative.

The biggest challenge in my job is the workload. Emergencies are so many so we can plan operations but then within 5 minutes everything has changed if there has been a car accident for example and those people need operations first. They all need attention.

I want to say thank you so much to Irish Methodists; we appreciate where you have taken us so far. The story is not yet complete- we need to keep improving the services. We need a rehabilitation centre for our patients.

Our dream is to become a specialised institution. There were no specialties at first and now we have 2!

Dr Siribu Ballu
Orthopaedic surgeon at Wenchi Methodist Hospital
39 years old
Wench, Ghana