Ambulance Service appeals for fuel to save lives

Ambulance Service
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The Central Regional Office of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) has solicited the support of all Ghanaians to voluntarily provide fuel to assist the operations of the Service .

It said there was the need to enhance fuel administrative systems to ensure that there was timely, constant fuel supply to be able to save lives.

“We have come to realize that , Government cannot do it alone, neither can we stop life saving, the time has come for all to see the need to assist with their little just to put smiles on the faces of families” it said.

Mr. Francis Ohemeng Nyantakyi, Regional Director of NAS made this appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Cape Coast.

He indicated that except for non emergencies, services were rendered free of charge to all who accessed adding that organizations and benevolent individuals must assist to sustain the Service.

Addressing the issue or delays, the Director urged all to cooperate with the Service as it would not deliberately intend to delay clients.

He explained that, most incidence of delays were either fuel shortages or because officers were respecting the Services structured operational standards.

“All calls are received at the headquarters before they are actually categorized and sent back to us where we also find the available ambulance to be dispatched, these are processes that takes time” he added.

He further said that most times, clients experienced delays because nurses and doctors were unwilling to cooperate with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Speaking on some challenges, Mr. Nyantakyi said apart from fuel which was the major challenge, the Service was in dire need of office equipment which would help facilitate effective operations.

Additionally, he said the Service needed to get sites and an office space for the regional Secretariat and the Cape Coast South station respectively.

On some statistics of the Regional operations, he was quick to note that, more than 1,196 persons had benefitted from the Ambulance service in the first quarter of theirs year.

Categorizing, he said 179 of these cases were maternal, 248, medical, 144 were trauma cases, 146 were cases of pediatrics, 24 Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs), 24 , investigative while 371 were cases that required ambulances to stand by.

The Director admonished all to keep their hoped high in the Service believing that they were committed to serve humanity with dignity and the love for human life.

Commending his staff, he said “ thank you for your commitment in effectively overseeing your assigned roles, let us keep the good works, our reward is in heaven”.

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