Fall from a height-my experience of the emergency medical technicians
The risk of losing one’s limbs can be so real especially when the healthcare provision mechanism in a country is so poor. That is what I experienced when my son feel from the mango tree next to the house, the injury was so devastating but the worst part is that the lack of the ready to assist emergency medical technicians.
I was called from my work station that the boy had broken his left limb and there was a risk he had broken ribs. Thanks to the good Samaritans, the boy was rushed to one of the nearby health facilities on a motorcycle. The motor cycle is a common means of transportation given its ability to access the rugged terrain in our part of the world.
The health facility received the boy and he was given some an aesthetic drug to sooth the level of pain. I arrived and found the boy in terrible state, but the most shocking part of the ordeal is that the clinicians who were attending to the boys injury could not proceed with the treatment till the x-ray is done I went to the hospital radiographer and what I was told was that they could not offer the emergency care I was devastated, I decided to seek for a referral immediately.
The district hospital where I went was better equipped to handle the case and the medical attendant received the boy and within no time, the boy was being attended to, the clinicians at the casualty area were swift as they attended to the a young child who came in with a respiratory problem and was immediately put on oxygen.
It took a few minutes and the medical technicians had managed to check on the boy and we were sent to the radiology area, the radiographer was so swift, the pictures were out in no time and we were heading to the hospital plaster area. I’m glad that the issue was handled.
In my area, the emergency medical technicians are very few if I must say they exist, the available ones are mostly in hospitals. Apart from those attached to the Red Cross society who work on voluntary basis, most are employed in clinics.