The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has debunked claims that the nearly 30 ambulances parked at an unidentified location have been abandoned as speculated in a viral video on social media.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations of the Service, Mr Simmons Yussif Kewura, said the ambulances are there for routine maintenance and repairs hence, could not have been abandoned as narrated in the viral video.
According to the statement, the said location where the ambulances have been parked is a designated workshop for routine maintenance, servicing and repairs of ambulances in the middle and northern sectors of the country.
“The attention of the management of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) has been drawn to the circulation of a video in the social media indicating that some Ambulances are parked in an unidentified location”, the statement said.
“The NAS would like to put on record that the said location is the designated Ashanti Regional workshop of the Service located in Kumasi where the Service undertakes the routine maintenance, servicing and repairs of all the Ambulances in the middle and Northern sectors. The said Ambulances are there for routine maintenance, servicing and repairs respectively,” the statement added.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in January 2020, distributed 307 ambulances to help augment operations of the ambulance service across the country.
The ambulances were distributed in all 275 constituencies in Ghana in fulfilment of the government’s 2016 manifesto promise to help improve emergency healthcare delivery in the country.