A one-and-a-half year programme, to train 80 military personnel of the 37 Military Hospital as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to enable them to administer immediate life-saving procedures to patients has opened in Accra.
The trainees from the second batch of military EMTS, are being taken through topics like basic principles or resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, control of hemorrhage, treatment of shock, bandaging of wounds and administration of oxygen, among others.
The training programme, initiated jointly by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) and the Ghana Armed Force Medical Service (GAFMS), seeks to equip the trainees with better skills to offer emergency health needs to soldiers, civilians and the entire populace.
Opening the programme, Brigadier General Ametepi, Commander of the 37 Military Hospital, said robust medical support systems in the military was crucial to boost the confidence of soldiers and the public with regards to the provision of health care at the Military Hospital.
“Recent developments in the labour front and especially the medical profession demonstrates that more than ever, the military needs to improve its health service delivery system in order to handle challenges that confronts it any time there are industrial disputes in the health sector,” he said.
EMTs for the military according to him would add more hands to the workforce of the hospital to enhance the work of the health personnel who are always overwhelmed with situation like the doctors nationwide strike.
Mr. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah, Chief Executive Officer of the NAS for his part, lauded authorities of the Military Hospital as well as the facilitators and instructors of the programme for contributing in diverse ways to the success of the programme
By Linda Aryeetey and Michael Donkor