Gov’t takes steps to improve national emergency response


 – Deputy Health
Minister, Ms. Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah, has given assurance of the
government’s resolve to build the capacity and adequately resource the National
Ambulance Service (NAS) to swiftly and efficiently respond to emergencies.

She indicated that challenges relating to
inadequate fleet of ambulances, limited ambulance stations and insufficient
training facilities, would be addressed.

This, she said, was vital to drastically
reduce deaths, injuries and permanent disabilities.

Ms. Mensah was speaking at the passing out
parade of the second batch of advanced emergency medical technicians at the
Paramedics and Emergency Care Training School at Nkenkansu in the Offinso North

She said there would be the requisite
personnel, facilities and equipment to make for effective and coordinated
delivery of health care services under emergency conditions – occurring through
natural disasters, accidents or other causes.

In any such situation, people’s lives, she
noted, depended on quick reaction and competent care by emergency medical
technicians and paramedics with high degree of capability and efficiency.

Ms. Mensah said it was for this reason that
more ambulances would be brought in to augment the fleet, increase ambulance
stations and upgrade the skills and competence of emergency technicians to
provide pre-hospital care.

Her ministry was also improving efficiency in
the care and transportation of patients from communities to health facilities,
she added.

Mr. Augustine Collins Ntim, Member of
Parliament (MP) for Offinso North, pledged to give strong support to the school
to ensure its smooth running.

He would assist to provide the needed
infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning.

Nana Wiafe Akenteng II, Omanhene of Offinso,
in an address read for him, asked that more students from the area were
admitted into the school.


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