Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia (right) speaking at the durbar

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia (right) speaking at the durbar

The Baptist Medical Centre at Nalerigu in the Northern Region, a major referral facility in the three northern regions and neighbouring countries is 60 years.

Popularly known as BMC, it was established in August 1958 by the then International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention of the USA to provide quality medical services to the people of Ghana.

It currently serves more than 200 patients a day and carries about 5,000 surgeries yearly. Furthermore, it does more than 3,000 deliveries annually. Records show that 51 years ago doctors at the BMC achieved the feat of carrying out the first cornea transplant in the country.

At a durbar to climax the 60th anniversary celebration last Thursday, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia noted that “not many people know that you provide free nutrition services to malnourished clients and that your unique way of treating malnourished children is one of the best in the country.”

He commended the management and staff of the BMC for the 60 years of excellent health care delivery and encouraged them to continue to exhibit dedication and professionalism in their work as a medical team.

Officials of the Baptist Medical Centre later presented a citation to the Dr. Bawumia and the Overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Bohigu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga in recognition of their contributions to the growth of the BMC.

The Minister for Local Government and MP for Nalerigu, Hajia Alima Mahama, other government officials and long serving staff were also honoured.

The center was established through the instrumentality of the late Overlord of Mamprugu, Naa Sheriga Abdulai, father of the Nayiri, the current overlord of Mamprugu who provided 746 acres for the hospital.

Others who played significant roles are the late Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia, former Chairman of the Council of State and father of Vice President Bawumia.

In recognition of its remarkable contribution to health care delivery, especially in rural Ghana, the State in 1997 conferred on BMC and the entire staff a Grand Medal of Ghana (Honorary Division).

Source: (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)

WRITTEN BY: Bernard Adu-Gyamfi