Independence Day is celebrated annually on March 6th and the day is officially declared a state holiday for all people living in Ghana. The day is celebrated to mark the declaration of Ghana’s independence from British colonial rule and to celebrate the Heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain independence. It is also celebrated to promote patriotism in the country’s rising youth, so they emulate past exemplary leaders.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration did not see the customary pomp and pageantry as well as the cultural programs and parade associated with the celebration. However, on that day, a short ceremony was held for the first time at the forecourt of the Jubilee house where the President addressed the nation.
In attendance for the ceremony was the Vice President of Ghana Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia, the Chief of Defense staff Vice Admiral Seth Amoako, Inspector General of Police Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, Chief of staff Madam Frema Osei, Chief Justice of Ghana Justice Anim Yeboah amongst a host of other high-profile dignitaries.
Activities for the ceremony was brief to accommodate lightening of Perpetual flame, parade display, air force helicopter fly over, 21-gun salute and address by the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo.
The National Ambulance Service was represented at the ceremony for the second time by its gallant personnel under the leadership of AEMT Slater Banini. Two personnel of the Service participated in the security services drills display as part of the ceremony. Representing NAS was Snr. EMT Rahman Tagoe, Snr. EMT John Quansah.
As part of the duties and responsibility of the National Ambulance Service at mass gathering and programs is the provision of emergency cover. A team of Emergency Medical Technicians were stationed at the event grounds to ensure provision of pre-hospital healthcare should the need arise. Mr. Alfred Tagoe, head of Emergency Services Unit was incident commander for the program and was supported by PAEMT Matilda Nartey and PAEMT Daniel Asare. The event was brief and successful. At the end of the program no casualty was recorded.