Paramedics school cries for equipment

The Paramedics and Emergency Care Training School (PECTS) at Nkenkaaso in the Offinso North District is struggling with huge infrastructural challenges.

The school, established by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in 2013, was started in structures left behind at a project site by the contractors who reconstructed the Abofour-Techiman stretch of the Kumasi-Techiman highway.

It is the first national training centre for emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

Unfortunately, there has not been a single addition to the structures or upgrade of facilities over the period. The structures left behind by the contractors are still the ones being used to train the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Nana Wiafe Akenten II, Omanhene of Offinso, in an address read for him at the passing-out parade of the second batch of Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians recently, pointed out that the school was “very strategic”, playing critical role in the capacity-building effort of the NAS and this was why it was deserving of priority attention.

In his view, a well-developed emergency medical service system would go a long way to save lives and there could not be any better way to do this than to have a well-equipped training school to build the capacity of the emergency care providers.

The school should be seen as a national strategic asset, adding up to the existing health and medical training facilities.

Its products – the first line of lifesavers, must be exposed to the requisite skills and expertise to provide professional service to people in need of emergency care across the nation.

GNA

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