Officially opened in 2012, FOCUS Orthopaedic Hospital currently has a capacity of 50 beds, which can be expanded in future.
The hospital, described as one of very few state-of-the-art, full service specialty hospitals in all of Africa, is equipped with two operating theatres, an outpatient clinic, laboratory, physiotherapy centre, radiology centre and patient wards.
It has facilities such as a state-of-the-art Surgical Theatre, Radiology, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy departments
It has expertise and specialty in neurology, orthopaedic, general medicine and biomedical science.
FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital is also an important teaching facility for the education of local surgeons and caregivers, accredited by the West African College of Surgeons.
The hospital was developed by the Foundation of Orthopaedic and Complex Spine( FOCUS), a non-profit organisation established by Dr Oheneba Boachie-Adjei.
Its mission is to provide comprehensive orthopaedic services, including diagnostics, imaging and laboratory, out-patients consultation, pharmacy and surgical care to Africa through Ghana.
The hospital provides other services such as physician specialist consultations in neurology, orthopaedic and neurosurgery, epidural injections, minor surgical procedures and walk-in visits.
Mr Tetteh welcomed the team on behalf of the management of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) and commended the hospital for its efforts to provide critical care locally.
He said the GCGL would support the hospital’s management to provide the needed services to the people.
Dr Rufai was accompanied by the Development Manager of the hospital, Nana Kwame Osei Fordjour, and the Chief Financial Officer, Ms Edith Nkrumah.
During a media visit to FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital at Pantang in Accra, Dr Mahmud Rufai, advised workers who sit for long hours to take care of their muscles and bones, particularly the spine, by taking, at least, a five-minute walking or stretching break after two hours of sitting.
Certain types of activities are said to have the potential to cause wear and tear on your muscles and bone system, leading to Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).
Such activities have been identified to include sitting in the same position for two hours and more continuously without a break, engaging in repetitive motions, lifting heavy weights or practising poor posture at work.
He also advised such workers to ensure that their seats had back and neck support.
Dr Rufai, who led a team of four from the hospital to pay a courtesy call on the Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Ransford Tetteh, named some of the symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders to include, recurrent pain, stiff joints, swelling in the neck, shoulders, wrists, back, hips, legs, knees and the feet.
He said it was imperative for proper care to be given to the body to lower the risk of developing MSDs, which increased with age.
“Your muscles, bones and joints naturally deteriorate as you get older. But that doesn’t mean that MSDs are inevitable. By taking care of your body throughout adulthood, you can lower your risk of developing these disorders.”
“That’s why it is crucial to develop healthy lifestyle habits now. Regular strengthening exercises and stretching can help keep your bones, joints and muscles strong. It’s also important to complete everyday activities in safe ways,” he said.
He underscored the need to maintain a tall posture to prevent back pain; to be careful when picking up heavy objects and try to keep repetitive motions to the minimum.