MISINFORMATION ON THE DEATH OF A FIELD TECHNICIAN ATTACHED TO THE PRESBYTERIAN HEALTH CENTRE IN TEASE AND ITS ALLEGED LINK TO A DELAYED ARRIVAL OF AMBULANCE.
The attention of the Management of Kwahu Afram Plains South District Assembly has been drawn to a widely circulated misinformation on the death of a field technician, Linus Lang-Yin, attached to the Presbyterian Health Centre at Tease, the District Capital.
Management wishes to state clearly that there is completely no link between the death of the technician and the arrival of the Ambulance as being alleged in the publication and the facts as presented in the said publication were not fully accurate and intended to mislead the general public.
Management wishes to present the facts on the matter as follows:
1. That the deceased, who was a Field Technician attached to the Centre was not on official duty on that fateful night as claimed in the publication;
2. That he only showed up to the premises of the facility upon hearing of the involvement of a member of staff of the Assembly who also happened to be his friend, and thus supported the nurses on duty as any other health worker will usually do in times of emergencies;
3. That the deceased, was a known hypertensive patient and had other underlying medical conditions and was medically attended to on three (3) known occasions within the week that he passed; one at the Presbyterian Health Centre at Tease-where he was detained for a whole day to stabilize his BP and the other two at the Presbyterian Hospital at Donkorkrom- the last of which was only two (2) days before he passed where he undertook other medical examinations.
4. That the nurse on duty had earlier called for the services of the Ambulance for the accident victim to be transported to the Presbyterian Hospital in Donkorkrom for further attention.
5. That while waiting for the arrival of the Ambulance from Donkorkrom (which took an hour to arrive), the deceased suddenly collapsed and within a very short period of less than five (5) minutes, passed on, after all efforts from the Medical Assistant and the other nurses on duty failed.
6. That the Ambulance from Donkorkrom which took just an hour to arrive (not 3 hours) was purposely to transport the accident victim to the Presbyterian Hospital at Donkorkrom and not for the deceased as portrayed in the publication.
7. That the District Ambulance had been de-commissioned for eight (8) days prior to the incident due to a technical challenge, which has since been fixed. It needs to be stressed that it was the first time the Ambulance was de-commissioned since arriving in the District and no patient was referred for the services of the Ambulance around this same period as being alleged by the writer in this incident.
8. That the Ambulance and the activities of its operators are mainly coordinated and controlled by the National Ambulance Service, though the Management of the Assembly has oversight responsibility of their operations.
We are, however, happy that all citizens, as stakeholders, are taking keen interest in the operations of the Ambulance and that of the Assembly. Kindly know that, the Assembly seeks the interest of the general public and also seeks to ensure the smooth running of the District Ambulance at all times.