It has emerged that the western region’s major referral centre, Effiankwanta Regional Hospital does not have a single ambulance to aid the facility in emergency cases. This was revealed to Skyy News by the Health Director of the hospital, Dr. Richard Anthony.
According to him, the hospital was relying on the National Ambulance Service for emergency support. He added, however, that the national ambulance service is currently struggling here in the western region. He says the hospital is now depending on some private health institutions for support, but they are sometimes not reliable.
“We will rely on the Ambulance Service, and which we have relied on for some time now. Currently, we all know the challenges of the some of the national ambulances breaking down. But physically in the hospital, No. And I’m aware that the Ghana Health Service is looking at the possibility of reequipping some of the facilities especially the regional hospitals with ambulances.”
“We do not have an ambulance station right now. It wasn’t a problem when the National Ambulance Service was working; you call them at the beckon, and they come. So if the National Ambulance works well, and is working well, facility ambulances may not really be necessary,” Dr. Anthony stated.
Dr. Anthony added that the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital now relies on other health institution in the metropolis to transfer emergency cases.
“As a facility, we also collaborate with other health institution. So if we are in dire need of ambulances, we call on any of our sister facilities like GHAPOHA and SDA, or even some of the private facilities that have ambulances, now that we don’t have a stationed facility ambulance.”
The Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital remains the major referral centre in the western region where serious cases are referred to from other hospitals across the region. The hospital is currently facing series of challenges which has necessitated the idea of a new regional hospital. But this is yet to come into reality.
Dr. Richard Anthony tells Skyy News, the current state of the hospital is not the best.