Ghana Ambulance Service personnel pass out
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) has instituted an emergency respond service that would provide timely pre-hospital medical care to victims at sites of accidents and other emergencies
This would help reduce the high rate of deaths and disabilities during road accidents and other emergency
situation in the country. The Ghana Ambulance Service (GAS), with access number 193 on the Ghana Telecom
Network, would be an Agency under the MOH, where skilled Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) would be given the requisite training to handle accident victims and transport them to hospitals for more definitive care.
Major Courage Quashigah (rtd), Minister of Health, at the passing out ceremony of the second and third batches of
121 EMT personnel of the GAS, on Thursday, said lack of preparedness to handle emergency health situations had
led to the loss of lives.
He described some road traffic accidents and other emergencies, including the May 9 stadium disaster that
claimed 126 lives and the recent deaths of the three medical officers as clear evidences of the failure to respond
to emergencies in the country.
The personnel, made up of 108 males and 13 females had gone through 11 months of training in areas including
fire-related hazardous materials, radio and telephone communication skills, fire safety, cardiovascular
emergencies, lifting and movement, documentation, defensive driving and foot drills and physical fitness. The
newly trained EMT would be deployed to the various response stations to help to strengthen the national
response to emergencies. Major Quashigah said to sustain the programme, a number of interventions including
the procurement of 50 new ambulances to be deplored to Ąre service stations and hospitals. He said the GAS had
trained and deployed the first batch of 64 personnel to seven locations, 58 of whom were drawn from the Ghana
National Fire Service
“A pilot phase of a pre-hospital ambulance service has been in operation at Tema, Amasaman, Weija, Nkawkaw,
Ejisu, Mamponteng and the Okomfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi since August 2004”, he said. The Health
Minister appealed to the public to cooperate with the personnel of the Service during emergency situations in
order to save lives.