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Star of Hope Medical Centre commissions ambulance service

BY: Elizabeth Konadu-Boakye
   Dr Maame Yaa Nhyira Essel (4th from right), Ga North Director of health, Rev. Benard Asare (4th from left), CEO of Star of Hope Medical Centre and other dignitaries after the commissioning
Dr Maame Yaa Nhyira Essel (4th from right), Ga North Director of health, Rev. Benard Asare (4th from left), CEO of Star of Hope Medical Centre and other dignitaries after the commissioning

The Star of Hope Medical Centre has commissioned its ambulance service, which will operate within the Ga North Municipality.

The modern ambulance, equipped with the needed tools for handling emergency cases, was unveiled under the auspices of the Ga North Health Directorate.

At a ceremony held in Accra, the Director of Health for Ga North Municipality, Dr Maame Yaa Nhyira Essel, said the ambulance was a timely intervention and would serve the municipality.

Laudable

She stated that although the government had provided an ambulance for the district through the One district, One ambulance initiative, the health directorate still needed the ambulance for referral cases, adding that the initiative was a laudable one.

“With a population of about 230,000, you know that the ambulances we have are insufficient. We have received a lot to improve our ambulance system, but the referrals systems are still weak due to the insufficiency and so this has come as a timely intervention to help the directorate,” she said.

The Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Rita Esi Aryee, also added that as the population grew, there would be an increase in demand for healthcare services and emergency services, so the initiative was a good move to meet the needs of the community.

She called on the community members to help the facility with whatever help they had to make the ambulance service efficient.

Referrals

The Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Centre, Rev. Bernard Asare, said the initiative was the company’s way of giving back to the community and helping the country’s healthcare system.

He noted that one of the major issues he had identified in the country was the mishandling of patients during an emergency, especially accident victims.

“Here at our clinic, we do a lot of referrals and so this ambulance will help deal with the delays that come with referrals and also help the Ga North community,” he said.

The Assemblyman of Nii Okaiman East in the Ga North Municipality, Seth Kwabena Boateng said the initiative was a good one and had come as a relief to the community.