- Some EMT technicians in the Eastern region have reportedly demanded payment before transporting five accident victims
- Several interventions from the families of the victims as well as the West Akyem Municipal Assembly did not help
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) with the Ghana National Ambulance Service in Asamankese in the Eastern region have refused to transport accident victims.
According to Starrfm.com.gh, the victims were to be moved on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from the Asamankese Government Hospital to the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua.
Sources claim the EMTs demanded a cash sum of GH¢360 per trip before they transport the five patients, but the families of the victims were unable to afford the sum.
The West Akyem Municipal Assembly however intervened by fueling the ambulance vehicle to allow the patients to be transported for the needed medical care, but this was rejected by ambulance technicians who demanded cash instead.
Doctors at the hospital expressed worry that the delay in transporting the patients could endanger their lives.
The patients were among the 71 mourners involved in a fatal accident on Thursday, February 21, 2018, which killed eight persons at Asamankese.
The accident occurred when a Rhino Truck conveying the 71 mourners, mostly youth, who were following the corpse of a young man whose body was being transported from the Asamankese Government Hospital morgue to a nearby town, Asuokaw, crushed on the road.
Seven persons including five males and two females died on the spot. The eighth persons died when referred to Eastern Regional Hospital.
YEN.com.gh understands that 63 injured persons were admitted at the Asamankese Hospital and stabilized and some of them had been discharged on Friday, February 22, 2019.
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