The Ghana Ambulance Service needs over 500 ambulances to be effective, Public Relations Officer of the service, Ahmed Zakaria has said.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Wednesday, Ahmed Zakaria indicated that the service has 150 ambulances nationwide with only 55 currently in effective operation.
“For now we need over 500 ambulances in the country so we can attend to people quickly”, he said.
His revelation follows the death of former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur at the 37 Military Hospital where he was said to have been rushed to in the back of a pick-up vehicle after collapsing at the Airforce Gym on Friday, June 29, 2018, during a routine workout.
After the death of the former Vice President, there has been a public outcry over lack of ambulances at the GAS.
Mr Zakaria says Ghanaians are not safe as far as the current situation is concerned, considering the 27 million and over people in the country.
While admitting that the current stock is woefully inadequate, he revealed that the ones available are also not in the best of conditions.
“We have about 216 districts in this country. Ideally, we need to have at least two ambulances in each district. If we want to serve Ghanaians very well, we will need at least 500 to 600 ambulances. We are looking forward to acquiring 200 to 400 ambulances and with that, we will be able to execute our mandate as an emergency institution,” he said.