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Offinso Traditional Area appeals for infrastructure expansion of Paramedic Training School

June 23, 2023
Offinso Traditional Area appeals for infrastructure expansion of Paramedic Training School
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The Chiefs and People of the Offinso Traditional Area have urged the government to prioritize the infrastructural expansion of the Paramedic and Emergency Care Training School (PECTS) at Nkenkaasu.

They expressed concern that the training school has remained in the same state since it was handed over to the (NAS) by the late , Nana Wiafe Akenten III.

Nana Kwaku Dua II, Acting President of the Offinso Traditional Area, emphasized the urgent need to develop PECTS in order to fulfil its mandate of training professionals for the country's emergency medical services. He highlighted the critical role played by the NAS in the healthcare delivery system and called for government support to enable them to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

Nana Dua stressed that the training school is the only institution producing paramedics and emphasized the importance of developing it to meet international standards. The chiefs and people pledged their continued support and collaboration with NAS management in areas such as training, security, and the provision of pre-hospital care to achieve the school's objectives.

Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, noted the significant expansion of the NAS since its establishment in 2004, with the number of stations increasing from seven to 297 nationwide.

He also highlighted the graduation of 157 Advance Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs), bringing the total number of NAS personnel to 2,958 across the country.

Mr Ntim, who is also the Member of for the area, acknowledged the challenges faced by the training school, including lack of dedicated funding, inadequate infrastructure, and capacity-building facilities.

He assured me that he personally takes steps to address some of these challenges, particularly the infrastructure inadequacies. He called on individuals, agencies, and organizations to support the government's efforts in improving the school's infrastructure.

Nana Wiafe Ababio, Board Chairman of NAS, pledged to work closely with the management and the to strengthen and expand services, ensuring that quality emergency care reaches every corner of the country.

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