It has come to light that, the lives of members of Emergency Medical Technologists have been under serious threat as a result of incessant attacks either by armed robbers and some societal miscreants while they fulfill their mandate as pre-hospital emergency medical care providers.
As a result of this state of insecurity, it has put its members and their families in a state of fear and despair anytime they are on duty.
This reporter has established that, as medical emergency providers, members of Emergency Medical Technologists are always ready and willing to serve and save people’s lives in earnest as the National Ambulance Service motto states: “Timely Care Saves Lives.”
Speaking at a news conference in Accra, Gaani Michael Dimongso, the President of the Emergency Medical Technologists Association of Ghana (EMTAG) said being emergency medical technologists’ specialists in the pre-hospital setting, they least expected continuous attacks on its members in the past two years to the date since the inception of the National Ambulance Service as the Nation’s premier pre-hospital emergency medical service provider.
He said it has become important to discontinue its silence following the very recent attack on hardworking EMTs colleagues of the Zebilla district ambulance office crew who were transporting a patient from Presbyterian hospital, Bawku to Tamale teaching hospital on the 11th of May 2022.
Gaani Mecheal Dimongso said they were beaten and manhandled mercilessly by armed robbers in their quest to save alive.
He said, “we were left in a state of disbelieve following the sight and scenes of the indiscriminate shootings and the bullet penetrations of both the rear and front of the ambulance.”
The President of EMTAG also mentioned 11other armed attacks on its members across the country while one person was killed in the process.
Gaani Michael Dimongso stated that “As an Association we wish to condemn this dastardly act and call on all relevant stakeholders such as the DISEC, MUSEC, REGSEC, the National Security, and the Ghana Police Service to as a matter of urgency institute measures to insulate our members to have the confidence in performing their duties.”
He also appealed to the above-mentioned security inspired institutions to investigate attacks on its members and bring the perpetrators to book.
EMTAG per these news conferences is also appealing to the Ministry of Health and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to expedite action on its, conditions of service issues, especially the realignment of EMTs cadre with its counterparts in the health sector according to single spine pay policy and risk allowance to bring respite to its members.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa
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