Municipal Director of Health for Tarkwa Nsuae, Emmanuel Affelkum has bemoaned the non- availability of ambulances at the two major hospitals in the municipality. According to Mr.Emmanuel Affelkum the Apinto and the Tarkwa Government hospitals are without an ambulance for emergency service and have had to resort to private vehicles in times of emergency.
He told Skyy News’ Nana Yaw Kumi, that the National Ambulance Service are without an ambulance as the locomotive is broken down currently.
“Additionally, the National Ambulance Service do not have an ambulance in Tarkwa. And so for any referral the hospitals would have to rely on the service of private hospitals which is even unavailable and very costly, or we rely on the benevolence of the mining companies to transport the critically ill in times of need”, he mentioned.
He emphasized that the municipality would require at least three ambulances to complement the national one when it’s fixed to support health delivery in emergent situations.
“In actual sense for a very efficient way of transporting the critically ill, we need a very robust ambulance service which we could have to rely on in transporting the critical ill to referral facilities. The National Ambulance Service should have an ambulance, the Apinto Hospital should have one, the Municipal Hospital too, and then the other ambulances the compnies have can support us in terms of emergency”, Mr Affelkum explained.
Story: Nana Yaw Kumi