State of OTC in COVID-19 Times
Now that Ghana has confirmed cases and deaths due to CORVD-19, we would like to bring you up to date on OTC.
Never before in our 59 years of service to the physically challenged have we had to close some departments and limit our services. However, like all institutions, we are struggling to find ways to protect the staff and children on admission and at the same time offer our services to the handicapped of Ghana.
The children’s department has only 12 residents. When schools closed and the country was considering lockdown, we thought it best to send as many children home as possible. Our numbers quickly went form 80 patients on admission to 12. Most of the 12 who are still here have been with us for a long time because they do not have families to return to. Our goal has been to make a wonderful home for them and provide a schedule so that they will have time for study, leisure, and physical exercise.
All amputees have been discharged and returned to their homes and families. Those whose appliances were not ready when they left will be called when the workshop has completed their prostheses and they are ready for fitting. Until the situation changes, they will not be admitted for training. At the moment we have 10 technicians at a time in the workshop to respect the prescribed social distancing.
Unfortunately, our mobile unit is grounded. We realize that it is hardship for those who depend on our services, but we believe that it is not safe for our team to travel or for patients who would gather to see us.
The Brother Tarcisius Prosthetic and Orthotic Training College and the Cerebral Palsy Day Care Center are closed down until further notice from the government and OTC management.
We are very thankful to all the generous people who support the OTC and continue to do so during these hard times. We pray for you every day and with you hope that this difficult time will soon pass. We also hope that you will, in turn, keep us at OTC in your prayers. In this way, although remaining separated from one another for safety, we will at the same time continue to be united in fighting this virus as one voice in our faith, our hope, and our love for all God’s people.
Bless you all, and stay safe.
Thank you for this update, I hope and pray that you all stay safe and well. We have been thinking of you all and would love news of Sister Elizabeth please. With thanks, Yvonne Moore and Sam Moore
Hello Yvonne Moore. Sister Elizabeth Newman is doing very well. She is very strong. if you would like to get her personal contact so you could communicate with her kindly send a mail to this email and I will let her know so I give you her personal WhatsApp contact. Have a nice day
Sister Elizabeth, I am so happy to hear that you are strong and well and long may that last. We have been concerned for you and your centre and hope and pray that you are able to avoid this virus that is hopefully losing it’s strength and going away eventually. We are so sorry for the disruption to your wonderful work but we know it will continue at full strength as soon as it is safe for you all to do so.
We are all well here, Sam was married in July and he and his wife are now expecting a baby next May. They are absolutely delighted and we are also thrilled. The year of the virus has been difficult for everyone but we thank God for all we have, our family and friends are all well and we pray for the same for you and your family of helpers and all that come to you at the centre. Please allow me to have your personal contact details and if you have it, WhatsApp mobile phone number and I can send you a photo of Sam and Agne at their wedding . Our eldest son Benjamin now has two little girls, beautiful, sweet little things and our life is blessed.
God bless you and all who come to you for help. We wish you good health, happiness and joy at this Christmas time and of course, always. Sending love and blessings,
Yvonne and Duncan, Ben and Sam and the entire family. xxxx
Thank you so much Yvonne. I am so happy for all the wonderful things going on in your life. This is my personal Whatsapp contact – +233244214907. Hope to hear from you.
Thanks for updating the community. We all raise our eyes to the Almighty GOD, the Healer to save the World from COVID-19.
Be blessed and stay safe.
Thanks for the update.