The driver who was shot by some alleged armed robbers in the eye with the National Ambulance Service in the eastern region is dead.
Michael Gaani, the Eastern Regional Administrative Manager for the National Ambulance Service confirmed the incident during a radio interview with Accra based Cití FM saying that, Abraham Tetteh died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on Saturday, February 6, 2021.
After eight suspect armed robbers shot and extorted money from Asesseso workers in the eastern area, he was left unconscious.
The staff were transferring a woman who was in labour and her relative from the Akuse Government Hospital to the Koforidua Regional Hospital when the misfortune occurred.
The driver was transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on life support at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the facility.
He, however, passed on at 4:15 am on the dawn of Saturday, February 6, 2021.
“So the whole of yesterday, the CEO, myself and other personnel were with him and the family at the ICU at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. My deputy and I were the last to leave the hospital. As of the time, we were leaving, the doctors discussed with us about recovery, and we are expecting much improvement, but that wasn’t meant to be. This morning, the first person to get there was an officer who called me and confirmed to me that our colleague had passed on to glory”, he said.
Some of the deceased’s work colleagues have been sharing fond memories of him.
What Actually Happened:
Some suspected armed robbers on Thursday attacked an ambulance which was transporting a pregnant woman who was in labour in the Eastern Region.
The attack left the driver of the ambulance badly injured with a gunshot wound. The bullet hit his head and affected the eye.
It took the intervention of one other passenger in another vehicle, which had earlier been also attacked by the robbers, to drive the ambulance to the Tetteh Quarshie Hospital l at Akuapim Mampong for the driver to be resuscitated and later referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra for further management.
The pregnant woman with the assistance of the EMT on board gave birth in the ambulance whilst the “good Samaritan” was driving the ambulance towards the Tetteh Quarshie Hospital.
She was later transferred to the Koforidua Government Hospital.
The driver and the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) were transferring the pregnant woman who was in labour and her relative from the Akuse Government Hospital to the Koforidua Regional Hospital Thursday dawn.
The incident happenned at about 1:30am.
The team were said to have run into the suspected armed robbers near the Aseseeso mountains.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Administrator of the Ghana National Ambulance Service, Mr Felix Owusu gave a briefing about the incident;
“Our men were dispatched to a maternal case from Akuse to Koforidua Regional Hospital. Whilst heading towards Aseseeso mountains, they realised about two cars were parked in front so they slowed down… not knowing it was armed robbers staging the operation over there. So upon seeing the beacon lights of the ambulance, they (robbers) thought our men were police officers who are coming to the scene to salvage the situation,” Mr Owusu said in the radio interview with Citi FM last Thursday.
Mr Owusu said from the narration of the EMT, the robbers were suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who were about eight in number. One of them was a woman according to the EMT.
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