The head of the pediatric unit at the Bono Regional Hospital, Dr Esinam Nyarko has appealed for a pediatric ambulance to make it easier for children to be transferred from one hospital to another.

According to her, the current ambulance service is not child-friendly.

“Most of our patients cannot afford it,” Dr Nyarko told officials of the Ghana Health Service governing council. “I think it’s too much – GHC800 just to move a patient from here to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.”

“When we want to refer, it means that there is the need for it and then the back and forth is just too much, even calling ambulance before they come, their first question is ‘can they afford’. We are more concern about the pediatric friendly ambulance because most of the ambulances are not child-friendly,” she said.

She said that to reduce neonatal mortalities they have started a project dubbed “operation zemot” – zero mortality in the region.

The GHS council team led by William Frimpong Bonsu was in the Bono Region to acquaint themselves with operations of health facilities in the region.

They toured the Bono Regional Hospital, visiting the CT scan lab, obstetrics and gynaecology unit, neonatal and intensive care unit and the COVID test lab.

At a staff durbar that formed part of the visit of the GHS council, the staff were given assurance that their concerns will be addressed.

“We don’t want to sit in Accra, we have to formulate policies and programmes. But we want to see at first hand the challenges and difficulties and also some of the best practices that they are implementing. So it would inform our policies and programs to also support the management of the Ghana Health Service to deliver quality service,” Bonsu said.

Source: asaaseradio


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