The government of Ghana has announced a new emergency response number, 112 for access all forms of emergency cases in the country.
The new number will replace all existing emergency numbers. The number consolidates the services of previous existing platforms and will be responsible for services dealing with the National Ambulance, Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Police.
Thus, 191, 192 and 193 for the Police, Fire and Ambulance services respectively are no longer in use.
The President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday at the event to commission and distribute newly procured ambulances, says the new consolidated emergency number will allow for the effective response to emergency cases. He also mentions that the service is available on all mobile networks in the country.
“Government has succeeded in getting a unique emergency number for all providers of emergency service in the country. In the past – the Police Service, the Fire Service and the National Ambulance Service all had emergency response numbers. I am happy to announce that thankfully, we have merged all emergency numbers to one number which is 112. For any form of emergency -either police service, fire service and ambulance service the number to dial on all mobile networks is 112.”
Nana Addo calls for an end to prank calls
President Akufo Addo also called for an end to prank calls to the Ambulance Service saying that, that phenomenon is an ‘abuse’ of the service center and puts the lives of Ghanaians in danger.
“I will appeal that this improvement in the provision of emergency services not be abused. We are told that 90 percent of calls made to the providers of emergency services are usually prank calls. This is not right as it only endangers the lives of Ghanaians in need.”
The President was speaking at an event at the Black Star Square to commission and distribute 307 ambulances procured under the one-constituency-one-ambulance initiative.
Story by: Michael Papanii | universnewsroom.com