Doctor | Medical Media Personality | Motivational Speaker | Health & Breast Cancer Advocate
I am Dr Ewura Adjoa Ahimah Nunoo, a medical doctor currently working at the 37 Military hospital in Accra, Ghana. I just completed my Master of Public Health degree at the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon. I am a mentor, philanthropist and health advocate who uses social and mass media (radio and television) to educate the public on public health issues. I am also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society- The University of Witwatersrand Chapter. I am a member of the health team and a chorister at the Immanuel Methodist Church in East Airport. Some of the topics I have given in schools, churches and marketplaces include family planning, cervical cancer, hypertension, depression, Hepatitis B, HIV, diabetes, sickle cell disease, asthma and Covid 19. I am a breast cancer advocate as well and every October for the last 4 years; I provide free breast cancer screening and breast cancer education to the general public. I also teach women how to examine their breasts every month for any abnormalities in their breasts. I have screened over 600 women so far. During the Covid 19 pandemic last year, I lost my job and I decided to be creative and innovative, and I began a virtual consultation where patients could get a consultation from me at an affordable fee online.
I have always known I will be a doctor right from the start. Initially I had wanted to be a paediatrician but then I realized that I wanted to create a bigger impact and I could do this through public health. Throughout my childhood, I held various leadership positions as I love to serve others. The schools I attended in the past include North Ridge Lyceum, Pretoria High School for Girls (South Africa), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and University of Ghana. My journey began after medical school when I saw an increase in non-communicable diseases in my patients and I started to educate them. People were becoming obese, getting kidney failure, diabetes and hypertension because of their lifestyle habits such as unhealthy eating, alcohol abuse and lack of exercise so by educating them, I was helping to solve those problems. Subsequently, I started sharing health titbits across my social media handles. Then I got the chance to have a segment on the Hitz fm breakfast show every Friday from June 2017 to December 2017. Nat Turkson, Mr Haglah, and Honorable Mark Okraku-Mantey made this possible. That exposure led me to co-hosting several shows on radio and television until Dr Ewura Adjoa became a brand name. I have a youtube channel as well where I discuss health issues.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
I have a soft spot for women and children so every year for the past four years, I donate provisions and clothes to widows during Christmas. I am a hardworking, compassionate, empathetic, and passionate person who always puts my patients first. They end up being my friends. I have a bubbly personality and always have a smile for everyone I come across. When my patients are unable to pay for labs or medications, I pay for them. I love to teach staff and medical students at the hospital on a regular basis. I provide coloring books for the children on admission, read to them and give them calculations to work on. My works in Ghana and beyond have been recognized with journalists writing stories on me online and in the newspapers and I have won several awards in the past including youth health personality of the year in 2018, excellence in medicine award in 2020, top 50 influential Ghanaian in 2018 and brand influencer of the year award 2021.
I would say getting enough funds to do more has been one of my greatest challenges. I would love to go around Ghana to reach more people and provide more donations for them. However, everything I do is self-funded, and I currently have no sponsors and so I am limited in what I can and cannot do. My friends and family have been very supportive as well.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
A few lessons learnt in life and my career are practice makes perfect and there is no shortcut to success. You have to work hard, be determined and passionate about what you want to do before you do it. When you love doing something, it comes natural to you. Confront your fears. When I was a child, I was very timid because I was being bullied in primary school. I was afraid to stand in front of an audience, but now public speaking has become a hobby. I believe in God and the philosophy that everything comes to you at the right time so do not rush yourself into doing certain things. Just wait on the Lord. Always dream big and do not forget to pray daily. With God, all things are possible. Be kind to everyone you meet as well and it pays to be humble.
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