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TTH creates a speech therapy clinic

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Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), in partnership with Operation Smile Ghana, has set up a speech therapy clinic as part of a dream project to improve patient communication.

The establishment of the Speech Therapy Clinic, funded by Svenska postkod loteriet, was to provide rehabilitation services to restore or improve speech and language outcomes in children with communication and swallowing difficulties.

Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, Country Director of Operation Smile Ghana, and also Chief Executive of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, speaking at the opening of the clinic in Tamale, said the clinic would provide care to patients through speech therapy clinics, language enrichment education, speech-enhancing surgeries and mobile clinics.

He said the healthcare clinic will help children reach their full potential through skilled and high-quality therapy services.

Mr. Subhi Accad, Chairman of the Board of Operation Smile Ghana, said the clinic will help people with tracheostomy or ventilator dependent, with language delay, speech impairment or swallowing disorder .

He said the clinic had educational components such as speech therapy exercises and necessary follow-up services.

He added that the clinic would also provide services, including a specialized study of modified barium swallows, followed by the identification and implementation of compensatory swallowing strategies and dietary recommendations.

Dr Desmond Lamptey, speech therapist at TTH, said health services would provide speech therapy in English and local dialects.

He said the rest included speech sound disorders, eating and oral motor skills, coaching parents to use learned communication enhancement strategies, autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, among others.

Dr. John Bertson Eleeza, Northern Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, whose speech was read on his behalf, said that in Ghana, one of the neglected areas of modern health care was the field of speech therapy.

He said: “Even though many such vulnerable people exist in society, major health system weaknesses remain in our health care delivery system to meet their needs.”

He thanked the organizers for setting up the speech therapy and therapy clinic in the area.

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