Regular training needed for emergency health workers – Dr Ahlija

Afienya (GAR)- Dr Godwin Ahlija, President of the Doron Medical Centre, has called for periodic training of health professionals in the handling of emergency medical services to patients.

He said the lack of proper handling of emergency cases by health professionals has been a major factor leading to several avoidable deaths in health facilities in the country.

Dr Ahlija made the call at workshop organised by the Doron Medical Centre in collaboration with the United States of America Ambulance Service Group for health workers, particularly nurses held at New Jerusalem Health Centre, near Afienya in the Ningo/Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.

The US emergency experts and paramedics took health workers through professional handling of burns, epileptic seizures trauma, and musculoskeletal injuries bleeding of accident victims.

Participants were drawn from Prampram, Oyibi, Afienya, Kpone Katamanso and other parts of the Tema.

Dr Ahlija expressed concern about the unpleasant situation were combination of health worker’s negligence or non-application of acquired professional skills leads to the death of the patients.

He said: Majority of health service workers only learn to pass their examinations and did not bring the knowledge acquired to bear on the job while others even have limited knowledge in the handling of emergency cases.

President of the Doron Medical Centre gave the assurance that he would ensure that the Centre organises such important workshops annually for health workers in the area.

Miss Zulema Garcia, the Leader of the emergency experts from US, said she is coming from the experience where emergency service is provided swiftly just by phone calls, and thus deems it important to train health workers in Ghana to understand the significance of proper handling of emergency healthcare delivery.

She said it is the intension of the Group to establish the first Emergency Medical Service programme in Ghana.

Mr Daniel Asare, the Head of the Jerusalem Community Health Centre, said the facility, which was established just about seven months ago has helped the catchment areas, where hitherto patients with emergency cases have to be conveyed to the Tema General Hospital, a situation which led to loss of lives due to vehicular traffic.

He said the Afienya/Appolonia road has been in a deteriorated state for the past seven years and called on the Ministry of Roads and Transport to fix it to save the lives of the people, especially patients.

Source: Ghana News Agency