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Ambulance Service Operates with Overaged Vehicles

Prof. Ahmed N. Zakariah, CEO of the National Ambulance Service, making statement during the meeting


All the 161 ambulances operated by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) are over aged.

The development has compelled officials of the service to raise concerns about their continuous use on the roads.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NAS, Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakaria, there were constant breakdowns of the ambulances.

“At any point in time, only about 60 of the ambulances are on the road, with the rest finding their way to workshops due to breakdowns,” he told the Daily Graphic after the opening of the 2017 annual review and management meeting of the service in Accra yesterday.

Prof. Zakaria said the ambulances, which were purchased in 2012, had outlived their life span, a development he feared could work against the service’s aim of meeting its goals.

Government commitment

Fortunately, the CEO said, the current government had demonstrated commitment to strengthen the NAS to the extent that the improvement of the service was captured in the New Patriotic Party’s 2016 election manifesto.

The NAS, established in 2004, is the emergency medical service system of the country dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care, transport to definitive care and other medical transport to patients with illnesses and injuries which prevent them from transporting themselves.

Inadequate numbers

Prof. Zakaria indicated that Ghana, with a population of over 25 million, needed at least 500 good ambulances to operate an efficient ambulance service.

He advised ambulance drivers to be extra cautious on the road by guarding against speeding.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Prof. Zakaria mentioned the lack of a dedicated source of funding as another problem working against the smooth running of the service. “This, coupled with inadequate funding, impedes smooth operations,” he said.

He also pointed to the non-passage of the NAS Bill as a major hindrance to their activities “since the lack of legislation limits us in so many ways”.


Asante Apeatu Takes Over As IGP

igpA former Director General of the Ghana Police CID, COP David Asante Apeatu, has been named the new Inspector General of Police (IGP) by President Akufo-Addo.

COP Apeatu is currently the head of the General ICT Department of the police headquarters in Accra. He replaces John Kudalor, who went to the Flagstaff House to bid farewell to the President as his tenure expires in February.

COP Apeatu was also the former Director General in charge of Research. He also served as Director of the Specialised Crime and Analysis (SCA) Unit at the INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon France.

DCOP Asante-Apeatu is a Masters’ degree holder in Chemistry from the Kharkov State University in Russia and a trained Forensic Scientist in various disciplines such as Document Examination, Firearms and Ballistics, and Controlled Drug Analysis.

He is a Government of Ghana gazetted Firearms Examiner and also a gazetted Controlled Drug Analyst. Profile Mr Asante-Apeatu has performed various assignments in Ghana, as well as outside Ghana.

Internationally, he had worked at the Sarajevo Police Academy as an Instructor in Human Dignity, Police Ethics and Criminal Investigations under the auspices of the United Nations Task Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998.

He was the team leader in a successful homicide investigation under the request of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNAMIL). He was the team leader in investigations into the mass murder of more than 50 people, mostly West African nationals, in The Gambia.

In Ghana, he was the Lead Investigator in the serial killing of more than 30 women that led to the arrest of a culprit who had been prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death.

Under the supervision of Mr Asante-Apeatu and based on intelligence, the CID successfully conducted an operation that resulted in the seizure of 588 kilogrammes of cocaine with the street value of about $38 million.

Two Ambassadors bid farewell to President Akufo-Addo

nana-addoTwo Ambassadors have paid courtesy calls on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to bid him farewell after completing their tour of duty.

The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Hisham Mishal Al-Suwailem and that of Brazil, Irene Vida Gala. Both served a five year term.

At a brief ceremony at Flagsatff House, President Akufo Addo, thanked them for their service.

He told the outgoing Brazilian Ambasador to fast track the process of starting a sickle cell project at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

He said the project is dear to the heart of government and called for the removal of all obstacles hindering the project.

The Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana Irene Vida Gala was grateful to serve in Ghana.

She said the cooperation between the two countries in terms of education, trade and infrastructure has grown.

President Akufo Addo also thanked the Saudi Arabia Ambassador for his work during his duty in Ghana.

He said government will ensure an incident free Hajj pilgrimage.

The Saudi Ambassador Hisham Mishal Al-Suwailem was grateful to Ghana for the warm reception accorded him.

He stated that his country will continue to extend aid and other packages to Ghana, and build on the existing relations.


More photos of 22-year-old Francesca Oteng-Mensah who is Parliament-bound

Below are more pictures of 22-year-old Francisca Oteng-Mensah, who is Parliament-bound after winning the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primary in the Kwabre East Constituency in the Ashanti Region.

Francisca Oteng-Mensah

Ms Oteng-Mensah, a second-year law student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), polled 321 votes to beat the incumbent MP for the constituency, Kofi Frempong, who polled 187 votes. Analysts believe that with Kwabre-East being an NPP stronghold, Ms Oteng-Mensah is all but certain to be in Parliament in 2016.

The other contestants, Osei Poku and K. Adjeo Sefa, polled 202 and 33 votes respectively.

Fracisca Oteng-Mensah

Francesca Oteng-Mensah

Francisca Oteng-Mensah

Mahama makes solemn request to Akufo-Addo

mahama-2President John Dramani Mahama has appealed to President-elect Akufo-Addo to sustain Ghana’s growth when he assumes power on January 7, 2017.

According to the President, Ghana is on the verge of social-economic break through due to the solid foundation laid hence only needs the needed human resources to meet the needs and demands of industries.

He said his administration has ensured massive investment in education over the years adding that his solemn wish for incoming government is to sustain the gains made by the NDC led government for the betterment of Ghana.

“It is my prayer as I prepare to hand over the administration of the country on January 7 next year that, our exploit and initiatives will be sustained for the betterment of our dear nation Ghana”.

President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday cut sod for the construction of the University of Environment and Sustainable Development at Somanya amidst sad emotions by aggrieved supporters of the NDC.

The 45 million pound commercial agreement Fund for the project between the government of Ghana and Italy has been approved by Parliament .

President commended Parliament for passing the necessary agreements for the realization of the university in particular the Education select committee.

The President announce that,the First Vice Chancellor for the university will soon been appointed following the completion of work by the implementation committee.

The Proposed university is aimed at ensuring a paradigm shift in the tertiary education sector with focus on training Environmental and Sustainable development professionals in Ghana through its general and specialized degree programs.

The programs to be offered by the University include Research into climate Change, water resource development, energy sustainability and energy economics and sustainability, Urban Architecture, Natural resources, Environmental science, Environmental policy among others.

President Mahama said the University has its main campus at Somanya with satellite campus at Donkrokrom-Afram plains.

The Institution will be under four Graduate schools with fully furnish faculty halls, lecture halls, laboratories and ancillary facilities. The graduate schools are; The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, The school of Sustainable Development, The school of Agriculture and Agro Entrepreneurship and The School of Built Environment .

One of the graduate schools will have three research centers (Center for Agro Entrepreneurship and Center for Agriculture and Biotechnology, Center for Sustainable resource development)

According to the President, Land for the University has been properly secured and documented diffusing notion of litigation on the site.

The University is expected to have additional earthworks and landscaping infrastructure, provision of electric substation, generators and high voltage distribution lines, water reservoir, sewage plant, external illumination, and a modern telecommunications and ICT systems.

The other facilities include accommodation for Vice Chancellor and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Hostel, and other modern facilities needed by University.

President Mahama urged all stakeholder to collaborate with the New government to ensure that the project becomes a success.

The Acting President of Yilo Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Odorkor Tuumeh, commended president Mahama for “courageously overcoming challenges that arose in his quest to establish the University and making it a reality.