Journalist slams Ghana Health Service for ‘ineffective response’ to covid-19 emergency calls

A Sunyani-based broadcast journalist, Mark Abisah, has slammed the Ghana Health Service over what he termed as their consistently ineffective or refusal to respond to Covid-19 and other health-related emergency calls.

Mr. Abisah alleged that Ghana Health Service has never answered any of the calls he made through their advertised emergency numbers on the Covid-19 vaccination card.

He wondered how people would reach out to them when they experience unusual effects after taking the jab.

Mark Abisah, who is also the host of Suncity Morning Drive on Suncity radio in Sunyani, said he has received several complaints of the ineffective and unresponsive GHS emergency contact numbers on the card.

“A second-year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Jenifer Apau, told me she went through a similar experience when she wanted to report about swelling on her left shoulder two days after the covid-19 vaccination”.

He also recounted several occasions he had wanted to report cases to the GHS using their advertised numbers on mosquito-treated bed nets, but none of his calls was ever answered.

“There are three different telephone numbers on the covid-19 vaccination card. Two days after my vaccination, nobody answered my calls, the third number was even off for two days”, he claimed.

“You don’t just put out emergency numbers as a mere formality. Once you put it out, you must put in place necessary measures to ensure that emergency calls are attended to”, he said, adding that people could die if they are in a life and death situation.

Mr. Abisah is therefore demanding of the Health Service, to up its game if they want to effectively deal with the issue of apathy towards the Covid-19 vaccinations since the consistent unresponsiveness will discourage others from going for the vaccine.

He also called on the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, to as a matter of urgency, crack the whip on whoever is responsible for the Covid-19 emergency calls at the Ghana Health Service.

Papa Abisah as he is affectionately called also urged the Covid-19 Task Force in Sunyani, not to be only interested in the title, but endeavor to show up when their services are needed most.

He opined that an efficient health care delivery requires an effective Pre-Hospital emergency response to save lives.

Source: Precious Semevoh

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