The Ghana National Ambulance Service has denied claims of one of its vehicles parked at a yard in Dubai for sale.
A Monday May 29, 2023 statement issued by the Service affirms the branded Toyota Hiace is one of the 26 new vehicles the government was procuring from the United Arab Emirates.
The Ambulance Service says the vehicle is parked at the yard of the manufacturer being prepared for shipment, debunking the sale allegations.
“The manufacturing processes are over and very soon the ambulances will be shipped into Ghana. We therefore entreat the general public to disregard the video in circulation and commentary made by the person who made the video,” the statement signed by Simmons Yussif Kewura, Deputy Director, Public Relations at the National Ambulance Service said.
A viral video on Tiktok filmed by two people with commentary in the Twi Language saying the vehicle parked in a yard among other vehicles in Dubai.
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They claimed that they were in the yard to look for a vehicle to buy and came across the Toyota Hiace ambulance branded in Ghana National Ambulance Service colours.
The vehicle had the inscription, “National Ambulance Service,” with the Ghana Coat of Arms on it. It also had the writing, “Radiology Specialist Ambulance, Ministry of Health, Funded by World Bank.”
Below is a copy the statement issued by the service
FALSE CLAIM OF TOYOTA HIACE AMBULANCE BELONGING TO THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA ON SALE IN DUBAI
29th May, 2023.
It has come to the attention of the National Ambulance Service, a viral video circulating on social media, of an ambulance in Dubai belonging to the Government of Ghana, which is purported to being sold in that country.
We wish to state that;
1. The ambulance in question is one of the 26 Toyota Hiace Ambulances being procured by the Government, through the Ministry of Health and being funded by the World Bank.
2. The said ambulance is found on the premises of the Company, which is manufacturing the ambulances.
3. It is therefore not true that the ambulance is there for sale.
4. The manufacturing processes are over and very soon the ambulances will be shipped into Ghana.
5. We therefore entreat the general public to disregard the video in circulation and commentary made by the person who made the video.
MR. SIMMONS YUSSIF KEWURA DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS