First Intervention Ghana
Appeal for Ambulance and Capacity Building
APPEAL FOR AMBULANCE AND CAPACITY BUILDING
Injury accounts for 16% of the global burden of disease. As one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide, it overwhelmingly affects low and middle income countries of which Ghana is no exception. Evidence has shown that deaths are prevented and disability averted for conditions such as trauma, pregnancy, myocardial infarction, stroke and sepsis by upgrading the emergency services.
Pre-hospital care research in Ghana has, to a large extent, focused on trauma. Mortality from severe injury occurs in one of the following three phases:
1) Immediate phase occurs as a result of overwhelming injury
2) Intermediate or sub-acute phase involves deaths occurring within several hours of the event and are potentially treatable.
3) Delayed phase when deaths often occur days or weeks after the initial injury.
The general understanding is that patients have better disease outcome if provided with definitive care within 60 minutes of the occurrence of injuries. Hence, pre-hospital care is most beneficial during the second phase of the conditions such as trauma.
This timely provision of care can limit or halt the cascade of events that otherwise rapidly lead to death or lifelong disability. Without standard pre-hospital care, people with good survival possibilities also die at the scene or en route to the hospital. Most deaths in the early hours after injury are the result of airway compromise, respiratory failure or uncontrolled haemorrhage. All three of these conditions can be readily managed using basic first aid measures.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) constitute both pre-hospital and hospital services. Both have long been neglected in many countries of the developing world. In Ghana, Patients are instead brought to the Casualties/Emergency Departments (ED) by relatives or bystanders in private cars, taxis or any other readily available mode of transportation. The Patients commuting to major cities from remote areas are most vulnerable. They often do not have any means of transportation and have to travel on foot without any first aid. Patients referred to hospitals seek private cars and taxis as mode of transportation.
Certain situations in life require convenient and safe mode of transportation (ambulance) and a fraction of a second delay can drastically change somebody's life.
As part of our strategic plan and our quest to reduce helplessness, mitigate needless fatalities and respond appropriately, an appeal for an Ambulance and other emergency management equipment have been initiated to enable us to acquire an ambulance to equip us with necessary equipment to manage emergencies effectively.
We acknowledge your high reputation and kind gesture in times of need over the years, so we would like to have your kind spirit of giving to the service of humanity for our organisational development and support a good course achieved.
Please do not hesitate to contact us through our addresses below:
First Intervention Ghana
P.O.Box ct 360
Cape Coast, Ghana
Attn: Jonathan Hope||Chief Executive Director
Mobile phone: +233246469484