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THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE: the dearth of humanity

"Nimdeɛ firi obi ano.""Knowledge (or understanding) are from someone's mouth."Akan proverb Photo credit: Google images University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences is a Ghanaian medical school whose central pedagogy is problem-based learning approach, with a special interest in public health, mental health, ethical health care practice, and teamwork. From second year, students are … Continue reading THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE: the dearth of humanity

Winding Feet of Giants

Sketched on the bark of baobab trees Are the winding feet of giants It takes more than an arm To wrap around their magnificence But one drop after another Water and wine welcome newborns Toe to heel; and thumb to index finger The rot and lot of giants, patiently trace History is your story Deep … Continue reading Winding Feet of Giants

BEHIND THE SCENES OF A GHANAIAN PHYSICIAN’S DAY

“Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?’”–St. Luke 17:17 “The greatest dishonor is ingratitude.”–Pam Malow-Isham When I was growing up, I always wondered why physicians would not pay for the bills of very ill patients who badly needed financial support that they had to resort to the media to appeal … Continue reading BEHIND THE SCENES OF A GHANAIAN PHYSICIAN’S DAY

COVID-19 DIARIES: When The Spread Of Stigma Competes With The Spread Of The Virus

“For every single written page, there are always one thousand pages that should be read.” – Olga Tokarczuk One of my favourite patient’s was a gentleman who was diagnosed of HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B virus infection. After weeks of caring for this gentleman, I had to bid him farewell so that he could continue … Continue reading COVID-19 DIARIES: When The Spread Of Stigma Competes With The Spread Of The Virus

COVID-19 DIARIES: Beautifully Serving In A Dangerous Zone

"Where did this feeling come from? Medical school. Part of the curriculum, no less essential than anatomy and physiology, was the teaching that physicians do not turn away from human suffering. Others may avoid the sickly smell of bloody stool, the sight of a festering wound, the sounds of a grieving parent's wail - but … Continue reading COVID-19 DIARIES: Beautifully Serving In A Dangerous Zone

I ASPIRE TO BE LAZY: a Ghanaian dream

Growing up I observed in primary school that daily cleaning of the school’s compound was the sole responsibility of the pupils in the junior classes. Those in the upper class, especially primary 6 rarely participated in the cleaning of the compound. The prefects responsible for cleaning hardly participated in the cleaning. Their responsibility was to … Continue reading I ASPIRE TO BE LAZY: a Ghanaian dream

THE CYCLE OF PEACE

"You can't get blood out of stone." -Akan proverb I was standing silently and looking at the myriad of books sitting on my shelf, when I suddenly saw my pen lying down dead, and clad in dust and cobwebs. I could not help but shed tears like an infant. Today is three days from the … Continue reading THE CYCLE OF PEACE

GRACE: WHEN GOD BREAKS OUR HEARTS (FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS)

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way…. It will decide what breaks your heart.” –Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. “God breaks the heart again and again until it stays open.” -Anonymous “Lord if you had been here, you could have healed him, and he’d still be … Continue reading GRACE: WHEN GOD BREAKS OUR HEARTS (FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS)

FINDING GOD IN A CHILD’S TRUST

“The Lord carries me through the day Like an African mother ties her baby to her back The child travels miles, yet not a single cell of his foot touches dust” by Anthony Gyening-Yeboah in ‘My Lord Carries Me’(2013) Photo credit: Google images   Ese was not amongst the brilliant children in the class, but … Continue reading FINDING GOD IN A CHILD’S TRUST

DOCTOR! THE PRESIDENT NEEDS OXYGEN!

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. The president of the Republic woke up one morning to begin his … Continue reading DOCTOR! THE PRESIDENT NEEDS OXYGEN!