Mechanic repairing ambulance used it to transport cement – ambulance service explains

General information for Wednesday, June 2, 2021


The ambulance was used in transporting cement

• NAS explained why his ambulance was used to transport cement

• The incident was made by a mechanic who was repairing the vehicle.

• The service said the incident occurred on March 26, 2021

The Department of Health’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) says its preliminary investigation into an incident where a service-owned ambulance was used to purchase and transport bags of cement reveals the act was committed by a mechanic working on the vehicle.

A viral video shows that a seemingly new ambulance as part of the government’s One Constituency one Ambulance stationed in Sege was loaded with bags of cement by young men.

The act drew widespread reactions on social media, with the service criticized for what is described as negligence.

But according to the service, the incident which was captured in a viral video occurred on or around March 26, 2021, when the vehicle registered as GV 537-20 was in the custody of suppliers, Service Ghana Autogroup Ltd.

The NAS explained in a statement copied to GhanaWeb that the vehicle was one of the ambulances repaired for minor defects by the supplier before it was received and integrated into the national ambulance service fleet.

“The said suppliers had the ambulance sent to its garage to remedy a minor defect. The National Ambulance Service had previously refused to take charge of the vehicle due to the said fault.

“A mechanic from said garage (specialist Nana Ofosu Gear Box) after the repairs, drove the ambulance to the Mallam-Kasoa-Winneba road during a test drive and during the process used the vehicle for private purposes,” said the statement Simmons Yussif Kewura, head of public relations, explained in more detail.

The NAS concluded that “the ambulance is still in the custody of Service Ghana Autogroup Ltd and therefore not used by paramedics of the National Ambulance Service. It is therefore not part of the National Ambulance Service fleet.

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