The Lezdokuku Municipal Assembly (LeKMA) on Wednesday June 20th, 2018 presented an ambulance to the LEKMA hospital in Teshie. The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) – Mrs. Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum- Gyamrah, the Medical Superintendent of LEKMA Hospital- Dr. Juliana Ameh, the Municipal Director of Health -Ms. Jacquelyn Sfarijlani, traditional rulers such as Elders from the Nungua Mantse – Prof (Dr.) King Odaifio Welentsi II, Elders from Tema Mantse –Nii Adjei Kraku II, as well as Elders from Teshie were some of the dignitaries who graced the ceremony.
The Medical Superintendent of LEKMA Hospital- Dr. Juliana Ameh gave a remarkable welcome address during the ceremony. According to her, Emergency Medical Services is very important in the achievement of universal health care delivery. She added that the donation of the ambulance came at the right time and that the absence of an ambulance has been a major challenge to the hospital as rightly captured in their 2017 Annual Report. Also, Dr. Ameh thanked the Assembly and the Ga-Dangbe Society in Italy. She pledged to ensure that the hospital maintains the ambulance well for the benefit of all.
In her address, the Municipal Chief Executive noted that “the achievement of the health-related SDGs’ (Goal 3, 6) within the Lezdokuku Municipality has been an issue of priority to the Assembly.” She also declared that the Ga-Dangbe Society in Italy donated the ambulance to LeKMA for presentation to the hospital to improve on the delivery of Emergency Medical Services to patients who might need immediate medical attention. She was thankful to the Society for such a kind gesture and asked that other civil society organizations emulate this good course.
In her words, the Municipal Chief Executive touched on the Teshie Link road which passes right in front of the LEKMA hospital. She disclosed that the contractor was back on site and working in order to ensure the smooth transportation of patients to and from the hospital.
The ambulance, according to Madam. Jacquelyn Sfarijlani, the Municipal Director of Health would help transport the sick especially children, pregnant women and victims of road traffic accidents and others within the district and beyond. Speaking to the press, she noted that the right referral system is needed to ensure that patients whose lives are in critical condition are being transported safely in the ambulance to the hospital.