Asuofua: Lack of Ambulances forcing doctors to transport Patients with Taxis


Most of the victims of road accidents or violence related incidents have to succumb to their injuries before they can reach Asuofua Health Centre and Barekese Government Hospital in the Atwima Nwabiagya North District in the Ashanti region due to lack of ambulance.

Pure FM’s Osei Kwadwo Ambassador who visited the two hospitals reported that Doctors and Health workers have turned their vehicle to ambulance for inter-hospital referrals of critical ill patients.

The two hospitals which serve over 50 communities were sharing one ambulance which was donated to them by the Member of Parliament (MP) of Atwima Nwabiagya Constituency Hon. Benito Owusu Bio in 2012.

Patients in critical conditions are referred to Suntreso Government Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital (KATH) and Offinso Government Hospital.

Doctors are forced to transport patients with their pickups and commercial vehicle especially taxis since the ambulance donated to the two hospitals has broken down.

The Deputy Physician Assistant of Asuofua Health Centre, Dr. Peter Ofosu in an interview with Pure FM’s Osei Kwadwo Ambassador expressed worry about the situation saying the situation is collapsing emergency health service.

“There should be fully equipped ambulance to transfer emergency cases. The patient has to receive treatment when transferring him/her to different hospital but because there is no ambulance to transfer them, it is difficult to give patients treatment when transferring them. It is difficult to carry oxygen cylinders inside taxis or pickup.

“Ambulance has already already been fitted with paramedic apparatus which helps doctors to treat patients while transferring them but using pickup and taxis makes the work difficult. Sometimes I have to put oxygen cylinder at the back of a taxi. Transferring patients with trotro or taxis is very risky,” Dr. Peter Fosu said.

He further revealed that the facility is facing numerous problems such as hospital beds, medical equipment, ward and host of others.

“We have only one ward for both female, male and children. Due to lack of beds, we have adopted 2 patients, 1 bed system. Even as for the children, 3 can sleep on 1 bed. Male and female receiving treatment in the same ward is pathetic,” he added.

Source: Ghana | | Osei Kwadwo Ambassador


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