Emergency incidents continue to occur on daily basis around the Weija – Gbawe Municipal Community in the western part of Greater Accra Region. Accident Information available at New Weija district MTTU and the Weija Ambulance station indicates the occurrence of rampant road traffic accidents along Mallam- Kasoa highway. These records have also shown significant increase in traumatic and Medical distress calls. Many of these cases either reach undesirable end before there is contact with an EMS provider or higher medical assistance is attained. Patient(s) medical condition(s) often times become irreversible due to poor casualty handling and inadequate resources to respond timeously.
District statistics from (MTTU, NAS Weija Ambulance Station, GNFS-Weija and taxi operators) indicates that the Weija Municipality is an earthquake prone area and one of the most accident-prone area as it has only one major road linking from the Central and Western part Ghana to Accra, the National Capital.
The National Ambulance Service as part of its strategic objective 2.0 (Leadership) initiated various training programs across the country which were aimed at equipping towns and communities in emergency resilience approaches to disasters. It is under the auspices of such training program that Weija Ambu-Station therefore initiated measures including Public Education and Training of commercial vehicle operators on LIFESAVING techniques.
The aim of the program is to educate and train a number of drivers to understand and learn the importance of initiating Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Bleeding Control at an emergency scene before the arrival of any form of Emergency Medical Team.
There are six major taxi stations along the Mallam -Kasoa highway, operated by 501 taxi drivers. These locations were identified as “accident prone areas” where large number of commuters also get transported daily into populated communities within the municipality. The programme therefore prioritized an indirect benefit of health protection and trauma safety to the larger communal population within the Municipality.
The team provided fundamental knowledge and skills on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Bleeding Control for selected Taxi operators within the Weija – Gbawe Municipal B.
We recognized that commercial drivers are normally first point of call for any emergency situation hence the need for this training to empower them as our first responders in the municipality.
Among other things, our education focused on the History and responsibilities of National Ambulance Service, we demystified the distinction between Ambulance Services and hearse services and on how to access the services of National Ambulance in Ghana.
In addition, the team outlined basic procedures on Scene safety, infection prevention, Importance of First Aid Box, Casualty Handling and Bleeding Control, choking, chest Compression or CPR for lay Responders and placing patient on a Recovery Position with no suspected spinal injuries and free blood pressure check.
The training was attended by a total number of 501 taxi drivers and passerby passengers as well as food vendors within a selected catchment of the GPRTU OF TUC. These included;
- SCC Junction Taxi Station,
- Block Factory Taxi Station,
- New Aplaku Taxi Station – Old Barrier and
- Densu Taxi Station – old barrier.
- Weija and
- Tuba Junction Taxi Stations also benefited from the programme.
AEMT Awandaogo A. Eiden – District Ambulance Officer (Weija)
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