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NAS EMBARKS ON EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES


... Trains children on Basic Life Support Techniques

As part of an outreach programme to reach out to Ghanaians on operations of the Service, the National Ambulance Service (NAS) Public Relations Unit and the Greater Accra Regional Administration has undertaken a series of activities to educate Ghanaians on the need to have some knowledge on basic first aid techniques.

One of such activities which officials of the Service undertook was an educational and training programme held for pupils of Madonna Seat of Wisdom School at Ashongman Estate in Accra on Thursday 3rd August, 2023. The pupils and their teachers were taken through Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Choking Management and Blood Control techniques and over two hundred and fifty pupils and staff of the school benefited. The Deputy Director of Public Relations for the National Ambulance Service , Mr. Simmons Yussif Kewura educated the pupils on how the National Ambulance Service started.

“ The National Ambulance Service was established in 2004, during the era of president J.A Kuffour, with the catalyst being the Accra sports stadium disaster, to strengthen the Emergency care system in Ghana“. He told the children that NAS started with seven(7) Ambulance Stations in 2004 and can now boast of 296 across the country. Mr. Kewura disclosed that following the great work of the CEO of the Service, Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah, an Act of Parliament was enacted in 2020 to give NAS a legal backing. He took the children through the core mandate of the Service, which is the provision of pre-hospital emergency care services to the populace, and stated that the Service also helps in public safety and during national disasters, adding that 112 is the number to call when there’s a need for an ambulance.

The Greater Accra Regional Administrative Manager for National Ambulance Service, PAEMT Daniel Asare highlighted that the main motive of the training is to equip the school with skills on how to handle emergencies. “ As part of the National Ambulance Service sensitization programme, we want to equip you with basic first aid skills and in case any emergency happens on your premises or even at home, you will be able to respond to it effectively” he explained One of the organizers of the training, Mr Dominic Ofosu, a teacher of Madonna school stated that they have really learnt a lot from the training and it has positioned them well in case the need arises.

“ We the teachers have also learnt a lot from this Basic Life Support training, we now know the techniques to apply in case there is an emergency “ he added The National Ambulance Service is available to train schools, corporate organizations and the general public on Basic Life Support Techniques.

Story by Public Relations Unit