Perturbed by the rising cases of motor accidents resulting in deaths and injuries, the Kobeng Health Center in the Atwima Nwabiagya Municipal of the Ashanti Region has organised a first aid workshop for motorcyclists.
Road traffic accidents involving motor bikes, tricycls and pragia are the third leading reported cases at the Health Center after malaria and musculoskeletal pain (general body pains).
The health facility in 2021, recorded a total of 108 cases of motor accidents involving motorcyclists. In addition, two people died at referral to bigger health facilities nearby. Out of 108 cases recorded at the Health Center, 26 were major injuries and 80 minor injuries.
In 2022, thus far, 62 casualties has been recorded with no death. Out of the total, per records, 12 cases were major injuries with 50 considered minor injuries.
Mr Emmanuel Boamah, health officer in charge of the Kobeng Health Center told Myvoicenews.com that, their outfit’s decision to organise a first aid training event for motor bike, tricycle, and pragia riders was aimed to reduce the alarming rate of casualties reported to their facility.
He added that, in their quest to reduce the prevalence rate and its impact, there’s the need to equip riders of motor bikes, tricycls, and pragia in their catchment area with knowledge in preventive measures and safety protocols.
A training workshop funded by the Municipal Health Directorate being headed by Dr. Justice Thomas Sevegu, was held at the Church of Pentecost auditorium at Kobeng on May 10, 2022 for about 25 riders.
The participants were drawn from Kobeng, Amanchia, Seidi, and Nkonteng where motor bike, tricycle, and pragia are commonly used as means of transport.
They were educated on how to bandage wounds and fractures, and the need to wear helmet, gloves, boots, eyeshield, reflective jacket among other protective gears before boarding motor bike, tricycle and pragia for a journey.
In training participants on acceptable ways to resuscitate and handle accidents victims, an accident and emergency nurse at the Nkawie Government Hospital, Mr Samuel Kusi told participants that, in most instances, health condition of accident victims are worsened as a result of poor resuscitation methodologies from people who try to rescue them.
He also mentioned application of concoctions, untimely report of accident cases as major contributors to worsening conditions of accident victims.
He advised motorists to have in their possession fully equipped first aid kit to help mitigate pains in case of accident.
Participants were given sanitizers and gauze bandage by the Organizer.
The delightful participants thanked Mr Boamah for organising an insightful safety precaution and maintenance programme for motorists in the area.
They appealed to the Organiser to continue with the education and extend to other road users.
By: Thomas Awuah, Myvoicenews.com