The Head of Department of the accident and trauma unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital in Kumasi, Dr Dominic Konadu-Yeboah has advised accident victims to opt for orthodox treatment than traditional treatment.
He said this when a group of journalists visited the
accident and trauma unit of the hospital.
According to him, the traditional treatment cannot manage complicated cases and this often results in deformity.
Statistics show that in Ghana, an average of six people dies in a road accident every day.
43 per cent (43%) of the fatalities involved pedestrians and 53 per cent
(53%) involve occupants of the vehicles.
Over speeding is one of the major causes of the accident in Ghana. Usually, when these accidents occur, managing the victim’s fractures becomes a major problem.
Some people usually opt for orthodox treatment whiles others go to traditional bone setters for treatment.
When fractures are not managed properly after an accident, victims may be paralyzed forever.
To prevent this, AO Alliance, a developmental non-profit organization dedicated to improving the care of the injured in low and middle-income countries, has organized a three days workshop for journalists in Upper East, northern, Upper West, Brong-Ahafo and Ashanti region.
The journalists visited a traditional bone setter in Kumasi, Malam Ibrahim Sulemana who said his form of treatment was a gift from his ancestors which helps him to treat both open and closed fractures.
Dr Konadu also advocated for the establishment of a bone bank in Ghana, so that bones will be stored and used in case of an accident.
By Baba Kamil / Sokynewsgh.com / Ghana