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Best Hospitals in West Africa

Nov 29, 2022 02:00PM ● By Anand Subramanian

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No one knows what we'd do without access to medical treatment. Outstanding medical care is a hallmark of a developed nation and its people. The standards of healthcare systems throughout the globe have been displayed in recent years by regional or global pandemics like Avian Influenza, Ebola, and the current Novel Coronavirus. A successful healthcare system requires well-maintained facilities and sufficient medical specialists and support staff to deal with unexpected situations and minimize fatalities. But which hospitals in west Africa have the most advanced technology and amenities? 

Let's look at the most reputable healthcare facilities that have been there for quite some time and continue to serve their communities admirably.

St. Nicholas

The St. Nicholas Hospital is on Lagos Island in Lagos State, Nigeria. This private hospital was established by Moses Majekodumi in 1968. The hospital also has locations in the Maryland neighborhood, the Lekki neighborhood, the Free Trade Zone, and Victoria Island's Etim Inyang Street. They have performed kidney transplants in Africa with an 80% success rate and have a 50-bed facility. St. Nicholas Hospital is renowned for its excellent treatment and the caliber of its medical staff. They have the main office at 57 Campbell Street on Lagos Island. Besides dispensing medications, the hospital pharmacy also provides expert drug testing and monitoring services. Echocardiograms and other cardiovascular technology are available at the facility. They provide radiology services, including ultrasound.

Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

It's widely considered the finest and most prestigious hospital in Ghana. When a patient's condition is life-threatening, they may access the hospital's emergency room anytime. This medical facility is renowned for its urology, nephrology, and cardiology expertise. In 2022, the Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) will have approximately 1600 beds, including a Coronary Care Unit and a Medical Intensive Care Unit. The hospital opened its doors in 1923, and now it serves as the country's primary medical center, treating tens of thousands of patients annually and offering cutting-edge treatment in various specialties.

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

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Its state-of-the-art facilities and staff of top medical professionals make it an ideal place to study and treat a wide range of illnesses. When it was opened in 1945, the Kumasi Central Hospital was its name. The Doctors' current responsibilities include teaching future doctors and providing excellent medical and nonmedical instruction. Komfo Anokye has cutting-edge facilities, expert medical professionals, and knowledgeable support personnel. Its focus is pediatric cardiac care but it lacks the technology to do robotic surgery, plastic surgery, aesthetic surgery, etc.

The Bijilo Medical Centre

The Bijilo Medical Centre is a non-government organization well-known in The Gambia for the comprehensive and high-quality medical services it provides to the community at affordable pricing. In 2002, a Gambian physician named Dr. Musa Touray, who had studied in the United States and Europe, established the organization. Medical attention is available all day and night at this 30-bed facility. General surgery, physical therapy, and obstetric care are just a few of this hospital's many services, all with the hopes of reducing poverty and raising living standards.

Evercare Hospital Lekki

The hospital's activities, including its 165 available patient beds, are supported by private ownership and finance. Both medical treatment and surgical treatments are available from this provider. With locations in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh, the hospital system operates 28 hospitals, 16 clinics, and 75 diagnostic facilities in six different nations. In all, the hospital employs roughly 10,500 people. Evercare Hospital's infrastructure significantly contributes to society by, for example, providing individuals with access to high-quality healthcare and career opportunities while maintaining a high standard of professionalism. This hospital is well-equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology, including a state-of-the-art intensive care unit (I.C.U.), a state-of-the-art dialysis lab, a state-of-the-art laboratory, and more.

 Anand Subramanian is a freelance photographer and content writer based out of Tamil Nadu, India. Having a background in Engineering always made him curious about life on the other side of the spectrum. He leapt forward towards the Photography life and never looked back. Specializing in Documentary and  Portrait photography gave him an up-close and personal view into the complexities of human beings and those experiences helped him branch out from visual to words. Today he is mentoring passionate photographers and writing about the different dimensions of the art world.

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