By Kenneth Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi
The Members of the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners Ghana (SPMDP) has held its 41st Annual General Meeting at Professor Amonoo Neizer Conference hall, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi with a call on government to provide aid and medical assistance to ill or injured people in the pre-hospital or out of hospital environments, using personnel trained to rescue, stabilize and transport individual to a health facility where definitive skilled and specialist care could be provided. Those skilled personnel were also to provide stand by emergency coverage at mass public gatherings during emergency medical service.
These were contained in a statement read by the National President of (SPMDP), Dr. Isaac Charles Noble Morrison at four day Annual General Meeting, which was once the theme “Emergency Medical Services in Ghana, History, current situation an challenges, said that premature deaths and mortality associated with the lack of a comprehensive, coordinated emergency services still account for greater than 50 percent of all causes or mortality in the country.
According to him, Dr. Noble Morrison, after 15 years, Emergency Medical services in Ghana remain in its developmental stages. Since its growth had been fraught with numerous challenges.
He noted with concern, that the national Ambulance Bill to support and provide the legal framework for their, operations remains unpassed by parliament, pointing out that there was poor access to emergency medical and surgical care, due to the personnel and a shortage of trained emergency physicians and nurses both in public and private healthcare institutions.
There are 130 ambulance stations across the nation, each of which should have at least one functioning ambulance In 2014, 81 percent of the country was covered by the Service however, in many places the ambulances are not operational. As of June 2018, 29 million Ghana shared 55 operational ambulances, he explained.
The Society of Private Medical Practitioners has resolved that the National Ambulance Services bill should be urgently passed to ensure the sustainability of the Emergency Medical Service and the use of properly fitted and equipped ambulances.
The President also urged the government to support and increase in the training of the different cadres of personnel necessary for the effective implementation of emergency medical service, and that training support should also be extended to the private sector.
He said adequate budgetary allocations should be made in the implementation of a well organized and resilient emergency medical service to be able to achieve the Sustainable Developmental Goals SDGs by 2030. The meeting brought together practitioners from other begin across the country.