Ghana is currently relying on only 55 functioning ambulances in all ten regions in the country, Chief Executive Officer of the National Ambulance Service, (NAS), Professor Ahmed N. Zakariah has said.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s “Ekosii Sen” on Monday, Mr. Zakariah said although the Service had 155 ambulances, 100 have broken down due to various faults, many of them engine-related.
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“We have 155 functioning for the whole of Ghana and currently just 55 are on our roads. 100 ambulances are currently faulty. The issue is that most of the vehicles work in places where the road networks are very poor therefore these vehicles tend to develop problems”, he said.
Mr. Zakariah indicated that there were 130 ambulance service stations in the country with each expected to have at least one ambulance.
But due to the limited number of functioning ambulances in the country, he said, many of the service centers ‘work’ without them.
Mr. Zakariah mentioned also that government has initiated processes to provide 275 ambulances to boost the operations of the National Ambulance Service.
According to him, each constituency will be given one of the ambulances.
Prof. Zakariah said there was the need to improve the country’s emergency response systems.