In the Western Region, the Takoradi Technical University has resolved to make its newly acquired ambulance available to health facilities. The region has since January 26 this year been without an ambulance after the only national ambulance serving health facilities in the region was involved in a fatal accident at Beahu in the Ahanta West District, killing four persons.
Residents have in the absence of a national ambulance, been relying on private owned ambulances, which is comparatively expensive. A GHC4, 000-ambulance with full apparatus acquired by the Students Representative Council recently to service the University’s Clinic has been outdoored.
Vice chancellor of the University, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, said the University will meet with the Western Regional Health Directorate discuss and document how best health facilities in the Region can utilized the ambulance. “Yes we need to open up, we are a university, we have our corporate social responsibility to our community so when there is any emergency we will avail ourselves. I have a meeting [planned] with regional health director to talk about all this,” he told Takoradi-based Connect 97.1FM.
Meanwhile, he said the ambulance has come a the right time when the University’s population had surge, noting they usually record emergency cases particularly during examination period. “We have a student population of about getting to 8000 to 9000 and then very often we have emergencies and then conveying the students to hospital become challenging,” he noted.
The Vice chancellor also said the University’s clinic is being upgraded into a full fledge hospital. Though the Clinic presently boasts of laboratory, female and female wards, authorities say some facilities must be added before it can be opened to the public to access healthcare delivery.
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