Ace broadcaster, Dr. Randy Abbey, has unloaded on the National Ambulance Service (NAS) after an ambulance ostensibly belonging to the service is captured in a viral video carting cement bags.
The National Ambulance Service has said it has completed preliminary investigations into the circumstances surrounding the regrettable incidence.
According to NAS, the said vehicle with registration number GV-537-20 is one of the ambulances awaiting the fixing of minor faults by the supplier before being received and integrated into the National Ambulance Service fleet.
The service indicated in a statement available to Metro News that a mechanic working on the ambulance abused it for his personal use.
However, many Ghanaians have vented their fury at the government, taking to social media to register their utter displeasure at the misuse of the ambulance.
Host of Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana’ show, Dr. Randy Abbey has also expressed concerns about the condition of the vehicle, recalling that: the President of the Republic commissioned 307 ambulances on Tuesday, January 28, 2019, of which 275 were meant to be distributed to constituencies and the rest given to the National Ambulance Service fleet.
“Today is June 2, 2021. So it’s been two years and four months (since those ambulances were commissioned). The National Ambulance Service says that and so, they did not take custody of them into their fleet and asked the supplier to fix those minor faults. Two years and four months and minor faults have not been fixed on supposedly new vehicles. Two years and four months on, they are being used to cart cement,” Dr. Abbey lamented.
“The vehicles were expected to be fully fit at the time of commissioning so that two years and four months on, they should be functioning and serving their rightful purposes. It’s a revelation and leaves room for speculations if the NAS said a number of those ambulances had minor faults. Why were they commissioned in the first place?” he quizzed, adding “It is also misleading that the total number of vehicles were assumed to have gone to their respective destinations but they did not.”
By: Ernest Tetteh Kabu