- The Ambulance Service says the ambulance seen in the viral video carting cement was on a test drive
- The vehicle was sent to a garage in Mamprobi, Accra for repairs in March
- It had a faulty gearbox
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The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has begun moves to report the driver of the ambulance seen in a viral video being used to transport cement.
Originally assigned to Sege in Ada West of the Greater Accra Region under the one constituency, one ambulance initiative, the ambulance was sent to a garage in Mamprobi, Accra for repairs in March.
The Public Relations Officer of NAS, Simmons Yussif Kewura said the ambulance was sent to the garage for its faulty gearbox to be fixed.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, Kewura said the conduct of the staff of the garage and the driver will be reported to the police.
He said the mechanic and the driver carried about 15 bags of cement which are suspected to belong to the former.
This occurred when the two embarked on a test drive “to find out whether the gearbox is working or not, so on their way…yes outside Greater Accra, because they know what they were (ostensibly) using it for,” Kewura stated.
That notwithstanding, Kewura added further police interrogation may elicit further facts.
“Currently, management is planning or tomorrow we are going to report this matter to the police because the ambulances are not meant to carry cement or any other hardware. It is purposely for conveying patients to the hospital…,” he stated.
In the viral video, a group of people can be seen using one of the vehicles of the National Ambulance Service to carry cement.
In the video sighted by YEN.com.gh, the ambulance, with a green license plate which confirms it is a government vehicle, is seen parked.
The boot is opened while some men, believed to be labourers, carry and pack bags of cement into the vehicle.
It is not known where exactly this happened but the men in the video are heard speaking Twi during their conversation.
The video has stirred a barrage of angry reactions from Ghanaians who have seen the video on social media.
Below are some of the reactions sighted by YEN.com.gh:
khewtikubz stated: “....and the unnecessary sirens too just to swerve traffic thinking you will be actually praying for God to save the sick/dying or pregnant person saaana 3y3 cement.”
daddyralphs_grill said: “After that they will put on the siren and pass as if they are carrying a sick person.”