Director of Communications during the John Mahama administration, Stan Xoese Dogbe, has disclosed evidence showing that one ambulance belonging to the government of Ghana was put up for sale in Dubai.
This was after the National Ambulance Service released a statement refuting the content of a viral video alleging that an ambulance belonging to the state had been put up for sale in Dubai.
Per the statement by the service released on May 29, 2023, the ambulance 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.
“The said ambulance is located on the premises of the company that is manufacturing the ambulances. It is therefore untrue that the ambulance is there for sale,’’ the statement noted.
Contrary to the statement by the Ambulance Service, Stan Dogbe has dug up evidence that clearly indicates that the ambulance in question has been put up for sale in Dubai.
In a Facebook post sighted by 1Family Radio, the politician shared a screenshot of a post in which the ambulance was being advertised by the company said to manufacture it.
SK Motors FZCO, the Dubai-based car dealer, whom the National Ambulance Service of the Republic of Ghana said in a statement on Monday were the manufacturers of a set of ambulances being procured, had earlier on May 23, 2023, put up for sale on its Facebook what is described as New Toyota Hicae GL 2024 Ambulances,’’ he wrote.
“The ambulance in the accompanying photo for the advertisement was none other than what appeared in an amateur video with the Republic of Ghana National Ambulance Service logo and details on it.’’
“In an earlier PR statement to the viral video, the service claimed that the ambulance is part of a fleet procured and was due to be shipped to Ghana. The service also claimed that SK Motors FZCO is the manufacturer of the Toyota ambulance, a fact that I have challenged the service to provide proof of,’’ he added.
“SK Motors has this evening deleted the earlier Facebook advertisement of the GoG advertisement, but folks had saved the post before they were prompted to delete.”
“Does the National Ambulance Service have more information to provide?” he quizzed.
“Government officials had earlier sort of denied the video, claiming it was just another piece of propaganda against the government, before the Service embarrassed them with its faulty and deceptive PR goof,’’ Stan noted.