Four hundred and ninety-five newly trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have passed out from the Paramedic and Emergency Care Training School (PECTS) at a colourful parade at Nkenkaasu in the Offinso North District of the Ashanti Region.
The graduands, who were the ninth batch of the Emergency Medical Technicians, were trained to provide pre-hospital emergency care to accident victims, transport accident victims from the scene of an accident to an appropriate health facility, and provide standby emergency cover at mass public meetings.
They have also received training in emergency and medical services in times of disaster or mass casualty incidents, and assist in the establishment and operation of make-shift hospitals during mass casualty situations.
The Reviewing Officer for the parade was the Minister for Health and Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu.
Addressing the gathering, Hon. Agyeman-Manu said the Government set up the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in 2004 after the Accra Sports Stadium disaster in 2001, as Ghana’s major pre-hospital emergency care provider to play a critical role in the Health Care Delivery System of the Country.
The objectives of NAS, the health Minister said, were to save lives, reduce suffering, and enhance the quality of life, through the provision of accessible and responsive quality patient care and transport.
Hon. Agyeman-Manu underlined the government’s commitment to health care delivery by ensuring that health service delivery is brought to the doorsteps of everyone living in Ghana, adding that health is a basic right of all people, and it is necessary for both the economic and social development of the nation.
He assured the public that his Ministry would do everything possible to resource the NAS to enhance its emergency response capabilities. The Commitment by Government, he said, could be seen through the policy initiative of One Constituency–One Ambulance project under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
The objective of this project is to revamp the fleet of the National Ambulance Service and increase coverage of pre-hospital emergency care services to every constituency in Ghana.
He congratulated the newly graduated EMTs and commended the CEO, Prof Ahmed Zakariah management of the school for their contributions to emergency service delivery in Ghana.
by: Prince Baffour Asamoah