Out to Africa to give stroke aid

EXPERTS from a regional health body have gone overseas to help an African country support those who have suffered from a stroke.

The Ministry of Health in Ghana invited Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to help it set up a new occupational therapy service.

A team of occupational therapists, led by Trust Associate Director and Consultant Physician Gbenga Afolabi, provided detailed guidance about how to operate and manage the scheme to benefit stroke patients.

Sufferers in Ghana have been spending long periods in hospital due to the lack of a therapy service to help them cope with the after-effects of the condition.

Dr Afolabi said: “We have an excellent reputation for stroke care nationally and we were delighted to take a five-man team out to Ghana to help with this project. We hope that we can help with the education and training of their occupational therapy teams in the future to make sure the service is sustainable.”