Abubakari Mubarik, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who went out of his way to avert the death of a patient has been promoted by the National Ambulance Service.
On Monday, 23rd August 2021, while transporting a patient with internal bleeding from Gwollu in the Sissala West District to the Wa Regional Hospital in the Upper West Region, the ambulance developed a fault on the Gwollu-Han road and came to a halt in the middle of the journey. However, Mubarik, amidst the heavy downpour but filled with empathy, stepped out of the steering wheel to fix the problem.
According to Mubarik; “We were transporting a patient with internal bleeding, who was on blood transfusion from Gwollu hospital to Wa regional hospital, due to the bad nature of Gwollu to Han road and stacked big trucks in the middle of the road, the down plate, that protects the oil base almost removed and it was obstructing the movement of the ambulance which we couldn’t run on, and could not even speed 20km/h. “So we stopped in the middle of the rain and I was able to halfway fix it (but it was left hanging) because we couldn’t spend more time to work on it since the patient was losing more blood internally.
“Thanks to the Most High after halfway fixing the problem, we got to Wa regional hospital in 2 hours time with the patient alive”, he added.
As a result, the Ambulance Service through a commendation letter signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Ambulance Service, Prof. Ahmed Zakariah has commended Mubarik for “going beyond the call of duty in handling the incident that took place on Monday, 23rd August, 2021, on the Gwollu-Han road when you were transporting a patient with internal bleeding from Gwollu Hospital to Wa Regional Hospital”.
Maubarik was also promoted.
“In consideration of the above, Management has decided to promote you out of turn to your next grade level; that is Principal Emergency Technician (PEMT)”, portions of the letter reads.