In the just ended inter schools sports competition for senior high schools, one female student aged 19 years was rushed to the emergency department by an ambulance in a statement of unconsciousness.
The girl was given oxygen after her oxygen saturation recorded low values signaling her state as one of hypoxia (a reduced flow of oxygen to the tissues in her body ). She regained consciousness after some minutes of oxygen therapy.
The people who accompanied her to the ED were asked what happened and this was the account.
According to them, the patient was an athlete who had run in the competition that day. She later collapsed and was sent to the clinic in the stadium but there was no oxygen. They (Student red cross society ) were asked to send patient via an ambulance to the hospital. But there was no oxygen in the ambulance too.
When asked whether they came with a teacher, the red cross guys said no. But the teacher would be coming later.
Here’s the danger;
Hypoxia can result in headaches, dizziness, hallucinations, blurred vision in milder cases. But in severe and prolonged cases, it can result in brain damage and even death.
So the problem is…
1. How can we have a clinic in the Sports stadium without oxygen especially during an athletics competition of students over a thousand present? So didn’t they anticipate that there will be emergencies? Who is responsible for making sure these things are in place before such programs are conducted? Why was the job not done?
2. An ambulance without oxygen, should it even be put on the road? Much more to service students running and jumping. Of what use is it? A trotro or taxi could have done the same thing the ambulance did. Which is just transporting the patient and nothing else.
3. I believe a teacher should have accompanied her to the hospital. But of course, this is Ghana where we take everything for granted.
So who is responsible?
This girl would have died within some few minutes for what?
Lack of responsible behaviour?
A parent would’ve lost his /her child because some offices failed to do their work?
Ghana is gradually becoming a health hazard for its citizens especially the ignorant.
Dear citizen of Ghana, let’s ask for quality because it’s our right.