WHO presents emergency trauma kits to Appiatse disaster victims


Takoradi,- The Country office of the World Health Organization, (WHO) has presented assorted medical supplies and trauma kits to the Western Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service to manage the Appiatse explosion disaster.

The medical supplies included; 80 rolls of cotton wool, 452 pieces of guaze bandage, 160 packs of plaster, pleural drainage Systems and, 400 closed wound suction unit.

The rest are; sutures, surgical drainage and plaster casting.

Dr. Rafiq Okine, on behalf of the Country Representative of the WHO said, the medical supplies was to support the management of all forms of injuries, including surgical operations for affected Appiatse victims receiving treatment in the various hospitals in the Region.

He said, “I also wish to extend our deepest condolences to the families who lost their lives ones in the last Thursdays tragic incident in Bogoso-Appiatse”.

So far, two persons have been airlifted to Accra for treatment, four critically ill transferred to the Effia- Nkwanta Government hospital in Takoradi.

While 31 cases were currently being managed at the Tarkwa Government hospital according to Dr. Yaw Yeboah, the Regional Health Director.

He expressed gratitude for the medical staff at the hospital for their swiftness in managing such a huge national catastrophe, which helped to save many more lives.

Dr. Yeboah noted how such emergencies always put strain on resources for routine clinical duties and lauded the emergency response from all angles to control the situation.

“We appreciate how people have responded to our request for blood and supported the exercise, but there is still the need for such essential commodity”.

Dr. Yeboah therefore encouraged the public to assist in that direction for optimum health care benefits.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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