The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to Ghanaians to desist from making prank calls (calls that say there is an emergency when in in fact there is no emergency) to emergency service providers in the country is an unacceptable practice which only endangers the lives of other Ghanaians.
Speaking at the Black Star Square at the commissioning and distribution of some 307 ambulances, the President revealed that 90% of calls made to the police, fire and ambulance services were prank calls, describing the practice as not right.
The President announced that all emergency services now have one emergency number to call, which is 112.
“For any form of emergency, with police service, fire service, or ambulance service, the number to dial is on all mobile networks is 112.
I would appeal that this improvement in emergency services be not abused…90% of calls made to providers of emergency services are usually prank calls. This is not right as it only endangers the lives of Ghanaians in need,” he said at the event covered by TheNewsGh.com
The ambulances distributed to all 275 constituencies in the country is in fulfilment of the governing NPP’s promise prior to the 2016 elections.
Police receive over 750,500 prank calls between January 1 and March 27, 2019
The Ghana Police Service says they received 750,500 prank calls at their Police Emergency Command Centres (PECCs) between January 1, 2019, and midday of March 27, 2019.
According to three PEECs in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, out of the 761,101 calls made them,751,217 were prank calls, while only 9,884 were genuine calls.
A prank call is a mischievous telephone call made to trick someone and is often a nuisance call done to irritate the person answering the call.
According to officers in charge of the PECC in Accra, some people called to insult the people on duty, some to demand mobile phone credit, others to make fun of the police, while others claimed it was their children who dialled the numbers without their knowledge.