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Jacob Kwakye Maafo

Jacob Kwakye Maafo

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Jacob Kenneth Kofi Kwakye-Maafo, also known as Nana Ohemeng Awere V, is a respected Ghanaian physician and surgeon specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Born in 1940, Kwakye-Maafo serves as the chief executive of the West End Hospital in Kumasi and is renowned for his advocacy in community health. He played a significant role in establishing various health centers, rural hospitals, and clinics across the Ashanti Region of Ghana, such as the Ankaasi Faith Healing Methodist Hospital and the Lake Clinic at Amakom near Lake Bosomtwi.

Kwakye-Maafo's educational journey began at Awisa Presbyterian Boarding School in the Eastern Region of Ghana, followed by his attendance at Abuakwa State College, where he excelled academically and earned numerous prizes. His education continued at Opoku Ware School in Kumasi, where he earned a distinction in his Cambridge High School Certificate. He later received a Ghana Government Scholarship to study medicine in Germany, studying German at the University of Leipzig and the University of Greifswald. Kwakye-Maafo graduated from Freie University of Berlin as a medical practitioner with distinction in 1968 and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1971.

After completing his medical training, Kwakye-Maafo worked in several hospitals in Berlin before returning to Ghana in 1972 to serve as a medical officer in various hospitals, including the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Mampong Maternity Hospital, and Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. In 1979, he and his wife Mercy established the West End Clinic, which later developed into a 40-bed hospital offering both minor and major surgeries and serving as a referral center for the Kumasi metropolis.

In 2005, Kwakye-Maafo was installed as the Chief of Assin Nsuta and the 'Benkumhene' or Divisional Chief of the Assin Apimanim Traditional Area in the Central Region, assuming the stool name Nana Ohemeng Awere V. He has held various important positions, including medical consultant to the Methodist Church of Ghana, member of the National Health Insurance Council, past president of the Ghana Medical Association, fellow of the West African College of Physicians, and foundation fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Kwakye-Maafo has actively worked towards reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in Ghana. He was also a member of the Medical and Dental Council of Ghana, the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana, and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Board during the early 2000s.

Kwakye-Maafo is married to Mercy, a retired general and psychiatric nurse. The couple resides in Kumasi and has three children and several grandchildren. Kwakye-Maafo continues to manage the West End Hospital and provides consultancy to Methodist church hospitals in Ghana.


Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Kwakye-Maafo

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Date of Birth: 1940

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