113 ROAD TRAFFIC INJURIES IN TUMU ALARMING, DR. CHARLES WOOD.

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Physicians at the Tumu hospital are worried about increasing accident cases recorded at the facility most especially in 2018.

113 cases were recorded in 2018 at frequency of 1.3 percent, a situation Dr. Charles Wood Medical Doctor of the hospital said is alarming.

He said “in 2018 almost every week one to two cases were reported in the hospital due to motor accidents”. Road traffic injuries became part of the top ten OPD cases recorded in 2018 during Ghana health service annual performance review.

Dr. Charles Wood has explained to Radford news that the Tumu   hospital was able to handle some of the cases of which some are open wounds and referred critical injuries to the Regional hospital in Wa, Nandom and some to the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

This is because the hospital in Tumu is not at the status to manage critical trauma cases, especially when the hospital lacks Orthopaedic surgeons, Neurosurgeons and general surgeons.

Meanwhile only two Doctors manage the facility in Tumu which serves a population of over 64, 000. Dr. Wood has expressed that the hospital will need three or four doctors and three other Physicians Assistants to minimize the burden of Doctor patient ratio.

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