Ambulance Service hosts Gambian delegates

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) on Friday, October 28, 2016 received a team of officers from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and delegates from The Gambia who were here to understudy Ghana’s disaster management system.

Welcoming the team,Mr. Edmund Boateng, Head of Information Technology (NAS), said, as one of the keystakeholders in disaster management, the service has about 130 command and dispatch centresperforming diverse functions across the country.

Mr. Boateng who outlined how the service operates said the NAS among other things offers pre-hospital care to disaster victims and documents data on all transactions whilst on operations.
Mr. Boateng stated that communication was very key in their activities, reiterating that the compilation of key information was done monthly.

Mr. Alhassan Mohammed Mahud, Head of Special Operations, stated how the service has collaborated with NADMO and other agencies over the years, stressing that the role of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during disasters was crucial.

The Head of Operations from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in The Gambia (NDMA), OumieSissokho and Mr. LaminTambah NDMA thanked the National Ambulance Service for the presentation which they described as very educative and informative.

The National Ambulance Service since its inception in 2004 provides one ambulance station in each district across the country. Currently, there is a training school that trains two groups of recruit. The first group is the ‘Basic’, which runs for a year, whilst the other group is ‘Advance’, where recruits go through 2 years of intensive training.

The interactive presentation was also attended by Ms. Elizabeth Tetteh and Christiana AchenaBoatengof NAS as well as Messrs. Richard Amo-Yartey and Gerard Kyei-Fobi of NADMO.

UN Agencies

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