PRESIDENT NANA Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has cautioned the people of Ghana not to abuse the emergency health care system of the country which has been given a great boost with the introduction of a single emergency contact number (112) as well as three hundred and seven (307) state-of-the-arts ambulances.
Addressing attendees of the commissioning and distribution ceremony of 307 ambulances under his government’s flagship programme, ‘One Constituency, One Ambulance’ at the Black Star Square, President Akufo Addo said information available indicates that some citizens have been misusing the emergency service number, a development he says could in itself put the lives of other members of the citizenry at risk.
“I will appeal that this improvement in the provision of emergency services be not abused. We are told that 90% of calls made to the providers of emergency services are usually prank calls. This is not right as it only endangers the lives of Ghanaians in need,” President Akufo Addo stated.
President Akufo Addo called on all the 16 Regional Ministers in the country, as well as Metropolitan and Municipal Chief Executives and all health officials to provide the needed cooperation and support to make the operationalization of the 307 ambulances a success. He also urged the National Ambulance Service (NAS) to ensure satisfactory maintenance of the ambulances.
“The goal of this government is to establish in our country a strong and accessible health care system of world class quality which will assure the health and well-being of our people and I entreat all of you to be an integral part of this vision,” President Akufo Addo said.
The Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, in his remarks at the ceremony, said accessibility to healthcare would improve significantly with the deployment of one ambulance to each constituency of the country. He drew the attention of members in the constituencies to the fact that the ambulances would be managed by the Ghana Ambulance Service and none other organisation.
He urged Members of Parliament to assist the NAS to serve their respective constituents.
“I would like to call on the Director General of the Ghana Health Service, the CEOs of the Teaching Hospitals, the Regional Directors of Health Services as well as heads of all Ministry of Health agencies to cooperate and collaborate with National Ambulance Service as they carry out their duties in providing pre-hospital care services in the country so that together we can all assist in the building of a comprehensive, effective and efficient emergency response system for our country,” the Health Minister said.
CEO of the NAS
The Chief Executive Officer of the NAS, Professor Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah, enumerated the components and detailed composition of each of the ambulances as well as the emergency services that a patient would receive once the emergency care system is contacted.
He indicated that the 145 new stations for the National Ambulance Service that were coming onboard to add up to the existing 130 is a welcomed development that would go a long way to improve emergency care service delivery in the country.
The NAS demonstrated to the admiration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and all other attendees a situation of emergency.
National Ambulance Service
The National Ambulance Service was established in the year 2004 as an agency of the Ministry of Health. The NAS is a product of collaboration between the Ministry of Health and the Ghana National Fire Service of the Ministry of Interior. The role and responsibility of the NAS is to establish and operate a nationwide comprehensive pre-hospital emergency services.