By Benjamin Mensah, GNA
Accra, March 3, GNA - The dream of two 22 year old Rose Damanka, a resident in the North Dayi Constiteuncy in the Volta Region, of becoming a nurse was almost gone, but thanks to the assistance of Ms JoycelynTetteh, the MP for the area, she may get somewhere.
Rose, the second of five children, completed the basic education at the Aveme Beme D/A Junior High School in 2012.
During her schooling days, she would be absent for a month or two to go to hospital to enable health personnel attend to her chronic osteomyelitis disease, for which she had been suffering for the past 15 years.
This affected her performance at the Junior High School, thwarting to some extent, her dream of becoming a nurse.
The dream is almost gone, but Rose can still be a useful member of the community and the entire nation if she learns some skills after getting the needed medical attention.
I have lost my mother and my father is nowhere to be found, Ms Damanka told the Ghana News Agency.
It is her grandmother who has since being taking care of her. She has been going to the District Hospital, but her condition has persisted and was referred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, where she did about 60 per cent of the medical requirements, after which she was recommended for surgery.
Her grandmother narrated her story to Ms Joycelyn Tetteh, the Member of Parliament of the area and she assisted her to undergo surgery.
Last year, Ms Tetteh launched a programme for screening and education on sickle cell, in the constituency and the sickle cell disease is related to osteomyelitis.
Ms Tetteh said she was motivated to provide assistance to the lady because was her duty to assist the under privileged in the society.
She said she has brought the ailing constituent to Accra to support her financially, for her to receive better medical care and ensure that she undergoes surgery.
Dr Baba Ibrahim, Senior Medical Officer at the Sukura Community Hospital in Accra, said chronic osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone.
He said the said the surgery called sequesrectomy, would take about six weeks, aside aerobics and other physiotherapy activities.
The disease affects one part of the body and may spread through the bloodstream into the bone, or an open fracture.