Dr Dominic Konadu-Yeboah, the National Project Lead and Principal Investigator of AO Alliance Organisation advised Traditional Bone Setters(TBS) to enhance their capacity knowledge on fractures and trauma cases to decrease disability and death in the country.
He said complications arising from the practice of TBS is one of the major contributors to the challenges of the orthodox orthopaedic practitioner in Ghana.
Dr Konadu-Yeboah gave the advice during a four day Traditional Bone setters training course in Wa.
The training was funded by AO Alliance Organisation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving fracture care in low-and middle income countries and supported by the Traditional Medicine Council.
The training which was organised by Traditional Medici Practice Council was to build the capacity of the TBS operators in the Upper West region to enable them to know their limitations and can recognise cases that need referral to orthodox care at the hospital to reduce disability.
According to Dr Konadu-Yeboah, most cases of patients with fractures which were initially treated by TBS had complications before presenting to the hospital for treatment.
He intimated that the practice, like many other traditional practices , is passed on from generation to generation along family lines in the form of apprenticeship with occasional admission of persons outside the family line to learn the trade.
He added that most of the TBS usually do not have formal training curriculum, no basic qualification and their level of competence varies widely which accounts for most of the problems encountered in control of TBS practice in the country.
Dr Konadu-Yeboah, advised the TBS to refer open fractures involving joints and significantly displaced fractures to hospitals for early treatment.
He disclosed that so far, the AO Alliance Organisation has also established TBS association in the Northern sector and Asante region to be in one umbrella to share information.
Each participant was given a certificate after the training which they would use to acquire a license from the Traditional Medicine Council to operate.