Recent reports reveal that more victims would have survived the Kintampo accident had there been no logistics issues experienced by the Brong Ahafo Regional Ambulance Service.
It has been gathered that more casualties were recorded due to faulty ambulances. Efforts made by the service were disrupted due to unavailability of ambulances. According to reports, the only available ambulance at the Kintampo Hospital had developed a fault.
Recent updates on the crash also said the death toll has risen to 61. Due to this logistic challenges, it took ambulance service quite a while to get to the scene of the accident.
The acting Administrator of the Ambulance Service in the region, Samuel Karikar who spoke to reporters said that more lives would have been saved had the ambulance service gotten there on time.
“When the patients were ready to be conveyed to the Komfo Anokye and Sunyani Regional Hospitals, they had to deploy ambulances from other stations which were still inadequate,” he said.
He expressed his discontent on the logistic challenges faced by ambulance services, stating different services which were inadequate and dysfunctional, or out of commission.
…the exact location where the incident took place in Kintampo has its ambulance out of commission. Techiman which is also the nearest station to Kintampo is also out of commission. That of Duayaw Nkwanta, Hwidiem and Goaso is also out of commission. So that is the challenge we are facing now,” he equally said.
Samuel Karika also said there were up to 12 ambulance stations in the region but five of them are out of commission.
However the ambulances used were that from Brong Ahafo which due to proximity did not come early enough.
The emergency services are said to have been experiencing these constraints in their emergency system. And in some cases lives that could be saved have been lost in the struggle to convey them to the hospital for treatment. As a matter of fact, many at times these emergency services have resorted to private vehicles to enable them convey casualties.
Earlier this month, President Mahama presented different automobiles for different security agencies to aid effectiveness in their duties. We are really hoping he continues with the exercise and equally extends it to emergency services.