Health Personnel at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) have raised concerns over the increasing abuse of alcohol resulting in collapse of revelers during the Christmas festivities annually.
The phenomenon they observed is resulting in some avoidable deaths and cautioned residents to be measured in the manner in which they go about celebrating festivities in the country.
Public Health Advocate of KATH and Obstetrics Gynecologist Dr Enerst Kwarko revealed that between Christmas and Boxing Day this year alone, 79 triaged cases were recorded
The latest statistics of reported cases he added at the Accident and Emergency unit of the hospital,l has however reduced this year considering records within the same period last year where 90 admissions were recorded.
“A total number of about 22 persons collapsed instantly under the influence of alcohol on Christmas day alone”, he said
Dr. Kwarko in an exclusive interview with Ultimate Fm’s Isaac Justice Bediako described the incidents as unfortunate and avoidable.
“People drink a lot and during these periods and do not make time to eat. Such persons if not immediately rushed to the hospital can die”, he revealed.
He expressed worry over the growing trend and appealed to residents to get to the aid of such persons who are sometimes left on the streets and other drinking spots helpless.