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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Ambulance Service, Professor Ahmed Zakari is suggesting ambulances be promptly given security escorts after the robbery attack on one of its ambulance systems at Aseseeso in the Eastern Region.
Talking on Accra-based Citi FM on the Citi Breakfast Show, Prof. Zakaria, stated the call for protection was not strange following the circumstances.
“In the absence of that [security for ambulances], it will be difficult to get the paramedic to agree to travel in the night especially in those places that are very notorious for armed robbery.”
The ambulance was attacked by some robbers on February 4 when it was moving a pregnant lady in labour and her relative from the Akuse Government Hospital to the Koforidua Regional Hospital.
One of the paramedics, Abraham Tetteh, sustained a fatal gunfire wound to the head and the other said she was attacked.
Abraham Tetteh had been on life support at the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Following his fatality in the line of his work in the midst of 10 years of service, Prof. Zakaria said his outfit was in talks with the National Labour Commission to provide some assistance to the deceased’s household.
“This will be an opportunity to establish a fund and also advocate for similar packages for them because with the kind of job they do, having life insurance won’t be outside the norm, ” he said.
Prof. Zakaria additionally stated Abraham Tetteh’s co-paramedic, Rachel Owusu, is entitled to an honor what she went through.
“To still be able to be on her feet and attend to her colleague who was injured and the pregnant woman is something that is very commendable.”
However, Rachel Owusu is receiving psychological support after the traumatic experience.
Source: Ghana Waves