Interview by the BBC on Dr Pepera and others on their work in Ghana
Helping lead the fight against Cervical Cancer, the main cancer-related killer of women in the world, Dr Theodora Pepera, Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Colposcopist has been sharing her knowledge and expertise with Nurses and Doctors in her home country, Ghana, to deliver the country’s first Colposcopy Training Programme.
As an accredited colposcopist and colposcopy trainer by the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Ghanaian hospitals including the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Reproductive Health Division, Korle Bu Polyclinic, Battor Hospital and Ridge Hospital are benefitting from her skills.
Initially, during the training at the Korle Bu Polyclinic, Dr Pepera was using her own equipment to train the family health doctors. However, to effectively practice her teachings, Dr Pepera assisted the Korle Bu Polyclinic to get a portable colposcope instrument, which was procured with funds from the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) and supplier sponsorship.
Improving the health of women is at the forefront of Dr Pepera’s agenda and the time she donates voluntarily in Ghana serves to better screen and treat women who are at risk of developing the cancer.
DTR Medical Ltd are delighted to support Dr Pepera and endeavour to provide sterile single-use instruments including the award winning Cervical Rotating Biopsy Punch to her team in the UK, at St George’s Foundation Trust Hospital London and Overseas.
“I appreciate the ongoing support and encouragement from the team at DTR Medical. Their donated products, including the rotating biopsy forceps, polyp forceps and sponge holder, have been used for training. Single-use, especially for cervical biopsy, gives the confidence of a clean, adequate biopsy, with minimal trauma to the tissues, and therefore more likely to be painless for the patient.
Using DTR instruments for training, gives the trainees the early confidence of obtaining adequate biopsies at the first attempt.
In private practice also, I always request single-use instruments” Dr Theodora Pepera.
Continuing commitment in the advancement of single-use instruments as well as in the development of training models keep DTR Medical well positioned in meeting the consultant’s day-to-day needs.