Physicians at the Tumu Hospital have expressed worry about rising accident cases with fatal injuries being recorded at the health facility over the years and called for concerted action to stem the tide.
In 2018, almost every week, one to two cases of injuries resulting from motor accidents is reported in the Municipal Hospital, said the health workers.
“113 cases were recorded in 2018 at a frequency of 1.3 percent, a situation,” Dr Charles Wood, a Medical Doctor at the Hospital, said during the 2018 Ghana Health Service Annual Performance Review, was alarming.
He told the Ghana News Agency that the Hospital was able to handle some of the cases but referred the critical ones to the Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa, the Nandom Hospital and the Tamale Teaching Hospital, depending on the degree of injuries.
This is because the hospital in Tumu cannot manage critical trauma cases, especially when the hospital lacks orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and general surgeons.
The Tumu Hospital has two Medical Doctors who manage the facility serving a population of over 64,000.
Dr Wood said the Hospital will need, at least, three or four additional doctors and three Physician Assistants to minimize the huge burden of growing Doctor-Patient-Ratio.
Mr Alex Bapula, the Sissala East Municipal Director of Ghana Health Service, urged parents and communities to report tumours on time for quick medical attention.
“When this is done, it will bring life-saving opportunities to affected persons since there now exist an improved health system,” he said.