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Ambulance Service requests govt to halt planned commissioning, distribution of 307 ambulances.



Government’s plan to commission and distribute some 307 ambulances to the 275 constituencies on Monday, January 6, 2020, may have suffered another setback.

This is because the National Ambulance Service (NAS) has, through the Ministry of Health, written to the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to request for the process to be postponed.

A letter written and signed by the Ambulance Service’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Ahmed N. Zachariah, which is in the possession of adomonline.com, made the request, stating five reasons why the planned commissioning and distribution should be halted temporarily.

The five reasons contained in the letter show that a number of preparatory activities which should have been completed prior to the commissioning and distribution of the ambulances are behind schedule.

The reasons cited in the 31st December letter by the Service include a lack of training for staff and paramedics on the use of the ambulances and medical equipment.

As part of the procurement of the 307 ambulances, the manufacturers through the Suppliers are supposed to provide user training for the ambulances and medical equipment onboard. However, this training could not take place as scheduled by the manufacturers because they could not travel to the country before the end of the year due to the holidays season, the letter stated in part.

The letter, however, said the Service had scheduled another date for the manufacturer to provide the training in reference.

The new dates scheduled for the training area in the weeks of the 13th and 20th of January 2020. This training shall comprise of the paramedics being trained on the usage of the different types of equipment in the ambulances while drivers are being trained on the operations of the new ambulances including how the dispatch and tracking systems work. It is vital to provide adequate training to staff before handing over the ambulances, Dr Zachariah requested in his letter.

Another reason for which the Ambulance Service says it is making the request, according to its letter, is the need to have what they described as “state-of-the-art digitized ICT Dispatch system” which will allow the routing of calls through a computer system which will automatically generate the digital address location of the caller to enable control centre easily determine the nearest ambulance to dispatch.

The said state-of-the-art digitized ICT Dispatch system when ready, will allow ambulances to easily determine the nearest health care facility suitable for an emergency and allow the ambulance, when dispatched, to easily navigate using the system to the location of a caller.

It will also provide interconnectivity among the various ambulance stations and the dispatch centres as well as the dispatch centres and the receiving health facilities. This will enhance the response time of the ambulances and thereby improve patient outcomes, the letter explained.

As it stands, however, the said system is yet to be completed but as its completion is integral to the kind of service the NAS intends to give going forward, it finds it necessary for same to be completed before the commissioning and distribution exercises are carried out.

According to the Ambulance Service, tracking devices which are being installed in the ambulances to check abuse of their usage are still ongoing and will be completed in the third week of January hence the need to wait for that process to be completed.

The other reasons contained in the letter are the delay in the completion of the Service Centres and the Labelling of the Ambulances.

According to the letter, both processes will be completed by the third week of January the NAS finds it prudent to wait for their completion.

Since all the above issues are being addressed before the commissioning of the ambulances to ensure an efficient and effective emergency response, we strongly recommend that the Commissioning is postponed to the 28th of January 2020 by which time all these issues would have been resolved, the letter recommended.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu through who the letter was written, has added his voice to the request, saying having engaged them and listened to the reasons for the request for the postponement, I would like to add my voice for their request to be granted.

Until this request from the NAS service, deep throat sources within the government had given the indication that the President was going to commission the ambulances for distribution on January 6, 2020.

It is not clear whether the president will grant the NAS’ request and postpone the same to January 28, 2020.

Source: adomonline.com



Let’s support community development- Mr.Felix Akonta Akakpo



A philanthropist and a native of Wute , Mr Felix Akonta Akakpo has called on all citizens both home and abroad to always support the development of their communities. This he said when done by indigenes would take away the burden on government.

At a function to commission a Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Lente Wute Health Centre, Mr Akonta who solely funded the project said he came to an annual festival when he made the promise to build the facility since access to health care was a major problem.

Mr Joseph Degley, the Municipal Health Director – Ketu South in his speech noted that the community has been calling on his office to upgrade the facility from a CHIP compound to a clinic in the community. He also gave assurance that two nurses would be posted soon to join the current one to aid work.

Representing the Volta Regional Health Directorate is Mr. Robert Adatsi who in his speech expressed his gratitude to Mr Felix for helping the government. He commended him for his selflessness and kindness. Touching on the request by the community to upgrade the facility he said ” a lot of things are considered before upgrading a Chip compound to polyclinic. There are other logistics considered”.

He therefore advised members of the community to patronise the facility as further deliberations are held.

As part of supporting the project, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, Hon. Elliot Agbenorwu has donated 3 hospital beds , 2 boxes of street lights and 2 boxes of bulbs.

Lente- Wute community in Aflao is having the most vibrant Men and Mother Support group in the municipality.

®Sylvia Awuye

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Kojo Antwi Arrested For Killing His Two Year Old Step Daughter



Twenty-seven-year-old Kojo Antwi also known as Ebenezer Antwi has been arrested by Assin Awisem Police for assaulting and killing his two-year-old stepdaughter, Victoria Twumasi.

According to sources, the girl eased on herself during a Health Insurance Registration Exercise in Assin Awisem.

This provoked Kojo Antwi to assault her by hitting her on the ground, fracturing her leg.

He then took the girl away into a bush and killed her and run into hiding, her mother, Alice Gbeve, told journalist.

Speaking with journalist, Assemblymember for Assin Awisem Obrayeko Electoral area Ayuba Andoh said police intelligence led to the arrest of the suspect after he had run to a nearby town to seek refuge.

The suspect, Kojo Antwi, confessed that he has killed the stepdaughter by giving her a weedicide (gramoxone) and buried the body under a cocoa tree.

Police conducted a search and found the body of the girl under a tree and was subsequently deposited at the Twifo Praso Government Hospital for preservation and autopsy.

Central Regional Deputy Police PRO Sgt Isaac Evans Ettie confirmed the incident to the media.

Source: 3news.com

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Prophet Kofi Oduro is senseless and spiritually blind – Rev Owusu Bempah



Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah has angrily responded to Prophet Kofi Oduro for coming at him and others over the failed Donald Trump prophesy.

Yesterday, the founder and overseer of Alabaster International Ministry Prophet Kofi Oduro landed heavily on Rev. Owusu Bempah and Prophet Badu Kobi over their failed US election prophecies.

Prophet Oduro in a video while addressing the issue established that these men of God have deviated from the main purpose of God regarding divination. He added that these men of God follow trends.

Seemingly perturbed by Owusu Bempah, other’s repletion in making vain prophecies condemned vehemently because he believes bringing the name of God and the church into disgrace.

Rev Owusu Bempah in fury reacting described Prophet Kofi Oduro as foolish and a blind preacher for commenting and coming at him against the prophesy he made about US elections.

In an interview on Kingdom Radio, the leader and founder of Glorious Word and Power Ministry disclosed that Kofi Oduro is jealous of him. Again, Owusu Bempah affirmed that he never said Trump will win the elections.


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