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AMC Family & Internal Medicine offers convenient family and internal medicine services in a comfortable environment for residents in Emena and its environs.

Nothing is more important than family. Start your wellness journey right in your own neighborhood with physicians who are specially trained to care for your family’s health care needs.

Family Medicine for Your Primary Care Physician

Family medicine physicians see patients of all ages, from birth to seniors. Family physicians diagnose and treat medical illnesses, provide preventive care such as annual checkups and health risk assessments, and provide guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition, they manage chronic conditions and can refer to specialists or coordinate hospital care as needed.

FAMILY MEDICINE SERVICES

Choosing a physician for you and your family is an important step toward making sure that you stay on the road to good health. Family medicine physicians are specially trained to care for your family’s healthcare needs, even when you are not sick.

Family medicine services include:

  • Routine checkups and health screenings
  • Weight loss counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Newborn, pediatric and adolescent care
  • Wellness visits
  • Preventive care

Some physicians may have had additional training or certifications for sports medicine, diabetes care or obstetrical care, which allows them to deliver babies at AMC.

Primary care doctors (family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics) provide personal care for their patients and coordinate other medical care as needed. Your primary care physician, or PCP, can treat a wide variety of medical conditions and works with you to promote health and wellness through:

  • Diagnosing and treating common health problems
  • Referring and coordinating your medical care with specialists when needed
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention
  • Managing your medications

Internal Medicine for Wellness, Prevention and Treatment

An important part of your health care experience at AMC includes building a relationship with your personal physician. The internal medicine specialists at Franciscan Health focus on the prevention and treatment of diseases in adults 18 years of age and older. Internists partner with patients throughout their adult lives to promote health and wellness, provide preventive care services and suggest lifestyle changes that may help to prevent disease. Internal medicine physicians are equipped to help you manage chronic illnesses, especially when several occur at the same time, such as a diabetic suffering from heart conditions.

WHY INTERNAL MEDICINE IS IMPORTANT

The foundation of a healthy adult life is illness prevention and sometimes, early diagnosis. That is why we strongly encourage our adult patients to maintain their immunizations, keep up with their annual physicals, be seen promptly when sick and maintain a regular schedule for health screenings. This ensures that our patients remain healthy and also allows us to detect conditions early when there is a problem. Finally, if there is a problem, our internal medicine physicians can determine a treatment plan and work closely with other doctors and specialists.

INTERNAL MEDICINE SERVICES

  • Wellness visits
  • Flu shots and immunizations
  • Inpatient hospital care
  • Health screenings
  • Chronic health management
  • Minor in-office procedures
  • Have access and referral to specialists
  • Recognize and treat common medical ailments and acute illness

Preventing Infectious Disease with Immunizations

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and other germs (microbes) cause many human diseases. Vaccines can help protect against some of these microbes and save millions of lives.

During immunization, you are exposed to a very small and safe amount of part of a microbe. Your body’s immune system responds to the vaccine by making substances called antibodies. If you are exposed to the microbe itself at a later time, the antibodies will kill the microbe and prevent infection, or you may have a milder infection.

RECOMMENDED CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS

In the Ghana, many vaccines are first given during infancy. Even most premature infants can be immunized on a normal schedule. Experts recommend that all children through 18 years of age be routinely vaccinated against the following diseases:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (a cause of meningitis)
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rotavirus

COMMON ADULT IMMUNIZATIONS

Most vaccines are given by an injection. Some can be taken orally (by mouth) or by a nasal spray. Vaccines against the following diseases are recommended for adults:

  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Shingles
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)