Dr. Paul Mensah qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) in 2002. He joined the Department of Haematology in April 2004 as a medical officer. He was an intelligent, hardworking and meticulous person who carried out his work with great passion. In October 2007, he became the first person to pass the Membership Examination of the Faculty of Laboratory Medicine, Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. He had further training in Transfusion Medicine with an attachment at Liverpool Blood Center in 2012, and passed the West African College of Physicians Fellowship Examination in October 2012.
Paul was actively involved in training residents, and there are many here who attest to his thoroughness and hands-on approach. He was an excellent physician who took very good care of his patients: listening carefully, encouraging gently, and keeping clear, detailed records. Until his demise, he served as the secretary of the Ghana Society of Haematology, from 2011.
Dr. Paul Mensah was appointed head of the Southern Area Blood Centre of the National Blood Service Ghana in November 2012. He was a dedicated, passionate and meticulous leader, quick to learn, full of life and energy. Paul was a particularly vocal advocate for voluntary blood donation in Ghana. He threw himself into his work: whether answering young people’s questions about blood donation on whatsapp, challenging and motivating his team towards targets, or courting the co-operation of anyone who could help increase the supply of safe blood- school boards, health administrators, clinical staff, religious groups, suppliers… Even beauty queens! These efforts paid off: by the end of his first year, voluntary blood collections increased bu 40%. He was also instrumental in setting up a dedicated satellite blood bank for Maternity Block, and haemorrhage soon ceased to be the leading cause of maternal mortality in Korle Bu.
Paul taught Haematology at the University for Development Studies, Tamale in 2011. He was also a part-time lecturer in Haematology, at the University of scape Coast School of Medical Science,and, from September 2013, at the UGMS.
His Christian testimony was clear. He founded SABC Christian fellowship and led several of the meeting. He was a youth pastor for several years at Changed Life Baptist Church, Tesano, where he was ordained a Reverend Minister on 4th October , 2015. Three weeks later, on 26th October he was called to a higher service, following a brief illness and complications of Sickle cell disease.
Paul Kojo Sekum Mensah was an inspiration to many of us. May our fond memories of him, and his shinning example of excellence bursting forth from adversity, spur us to truly honour him by continuing in his steps of faith, diligence and integrity.
A memorial by colleagues, classmates and friends of Rev. Dr. Paul K. S.Mensah (18th August 1975- 26th October 2015)
Dr. Mensah remains in our hearts and minds. We cannot forget him.
It is with deep regret that we posthumously celebrate this true hero and inspiration to many living with sickle cell as we failed to do a profile on him while he was alive.
Be inspired by him as we are.
Dr. Mensah lives on through every single life he touched.