St. Theresa's Hospital, Nkoranza
BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. THERESA’S HOSPITAL – NKORANZA
In the year 1971, the then Omanhene of Nkoranza Traditional Area, Nana Guakro Effah V, made an appeal to the then Catholic Bishop of Kumasi Diocese – Most Rev. Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong, to establish a hospital in Nkoranza to cater for the health needs of the people. The appeal was made during an episcopal visit of the Bishop to Nkoranza. The Bishop accepted the appeal largely because he saw the Omanhene as a progressive leader who enjoyed the goodwill of the people for the development of the community.
On August 28, 1971, the Bishop and the Traditional Council signed an agreement in Kumasi for the establishment of the hospital in Nkoranza. As part of the agreement, the Nkoranza Traditional Council was to provide the physical infrastructure as well as financial and logistical requirements for the commencement of the hospital. On its part, the Catholic Diocese of Kumasi was responsible for the management of and administration as was as the recruitment of medical professionals for the facility.
In fulfillment of its part of the agreement, Dr. Theresa Kunthurithy and a nurse were recruited from India in 1971 by Bishop Sarpong to Nkoranza to commence the hospital. The Nkoranza Traditional Council on its part organized a fundraising campaign to enable it fulfill its obligation.
Unfortunately, the amount realized was one Two Million and Fifty old Cedis (¢ 2,050.00) which could only cater for the freight of Dr. Kunthurithy and the nurse from India to Ghana.
The inability of the Traditional Conucil to fulfill its part of the agreement after the arrival of Dr.Kunthurity and the nurse compelled Bishop Sarpong to inform the Omanhene in December 1971 of his decision to send them (Dr. Kunthurithy and the nurse) to other health facility that was ready for them if nothing was done about the situation in the shortest possible time. The news created panic in the community since the dream of getting a hospital was slipping through their fingers. To save the situation, three benevolent citizens of Nkoranza, Opanin Kofi Donyina, Mad. Afia Appiaa (Mrs. Senkyireh) and Mr. G.O.Boateng, donated the following: 3 bedrooms and a hall for doctor’s accommodation, 5 bedroom house for staff accommodation, 20 bedroom house for hospital facility. Donated items also included a Mercedes Benz saloon car, a leister electric generator plant and Loaned an amount of C10,000,000 as initial capital and renovate the buildings.
With the infrastructure in place and the nurse and medical officer ready to work, the clinic finally commenced work on 3rd January, 1972 in the building provided by Mr. G.O. Boateng. The initial staff of the clinic were one doctor, one midwife, one pharmacy assistant, one interpreter and two office staff.
For effective and efficient management and administration of the clinic, a local Advisory Board was instituted by the Diocese. Members of the first Advisory Board were:
1. Fr. W. Huisman - Parish Priest, Techiman – Chairman
2. Dr. Thesesa Kunthurithy - Medical Officer
3. Dr. W. D. Owusu - Ministry of Health, Kintampo
4. Okyeame Baffoe - Representative of Omanhene
5. Mr. D. K. Gyao - Local Council Representative
6. Rev. Fr. J. V. Suuten - Techiman
7. Mr. J. K. Baffoe - Dotobaa
8. Mr. G. M. Sarpong - Bonsu
9. Mr. Baffoe - Nkoranza
10. Rev. M. Wesseling - Nkoranza
11. Mr. G. O. Boateng - Sessiman
12. Miss Dora Adjei - Kintampo
13. Rev. Fr. Martin - Nkoranza Parish Priest
When the Sunyani Diocese was carved out of the Kumasi Diocese in 1973, the administration of the hospital was handed to the Sunyani Diocese with Most Rev. James Owusu as Bishop.
Due to the difficulty in fulfilling its part of the agreement, Nana Guakro Effah V, wrote a letter to Bishop James Owusu on 22nd April, 1974, appealing to the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani to take complete ownership of the Nkoranzaman hospital. The appeal was accepted and the hospital was renamed St. Theresa’s Hospital in 1982.
CONSTRUCTION OF PERMANENT HOSPITAL BUILDINGS
Following the take-over of the hospital by the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani, the Nkoranzahene and Traditional Council allocated a plot of land totaling three hundred (300) acres for the construction of permanent buildings.
On May 17, 1975, blessing and laying of foundation stone for the first block was done by Bishop James Owusu and Nana Guakro Effah V. On March 3, 1976, the foundation stone for the OPD block and was followed with that of the medical officer’s bungalow in May of the same year. The completed OPD was commissioned on 28th April 1979 by late Bishop James Owusu and Bishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong of Kumasi.
The hospital now serves as the municipal hospital for both Nkoranza north and south districts and receives referrals from neighbouring districts in Brong-Ahafo and Ashanti regions. It currently has a total bed capacity of 100.
The services provided include:
24-Hour Emergency and Ambulance Services
Diagnostic services: i.e. Laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound, ECG
Blood transfusion services
Pastoral Care and Counselling services
TB control programme
Reproductive and Child Health Services (RCH)
Specialist surgical services