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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
Dr Kwame Aidoo, Director of Bees for Development Ghana was asked to advise and offer training at Masanga hospital, Sierra Leone. Staff need good quality, clean honey for wound treatments here.
While the hospital itself is not well funded, it sits in a forest area of over 600 acres which will provide ideal natural resources for healthy bees. In turn, these will be able to provide materials for use at the hospital.
During one week at the end of July, Dr Aidoo provided hospital staff, and members of five adjoining villages with enough knowledge and skills to begin beekeeping themselves.
Dr Aidoo says, "I have had a fruitful time here. It was fulfilling transferring good knowledge on sustainable beekeeping to the hospital staff and other local people, 23 in all."
"We have gone through set-up instructions and built top bar hives, a swarm box and basket hives. Many participants are very good basket weavers and are ready to use their skills in beekeeping."
"The hospital has a good approach to wound/ulcer treatment with honey, and there were patients with amazing results. I visited the wound clinic and was very touched by what I observed and also the need for the availability of good quality honey for the hospital. Most of the honey in use comes from wild honey hunters and can be of poor quality."
"I have so far had a fruitful time here and have contributed to start the project in a good way."
Dr Aidoo will maintain contact with the hospital to make sure that the venture succeeds here.
Posted: 8th August 2019