The coronavirus emergency response number (112) has received about 2 million prank calls from some faceless Ghanaians with a period of just one month.
This was revealed in a statement issued and signed on behalf of the Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful by Sandra Frimpong who is a Communications Specialist with the Ministry.
I was revealed that Between 28th January 2020 and 16th March 2020, the 112 emergency call center recorded a total of One Million, nine hundred and two thousand, nine hundred and twenty-six calls (1,902,926).
Read full text of release below;
As the country intensifies its effort to reduce the spread of COVID – 19 and to improve Ghana’s emergency response rate, emergency number 112 has been set up to facilitate assistance to all in need.
Access to this line is, however, being hampered by the incessant prank calling of some unscrupulous callers. Currently, Prank calls to the emergency number to cover more than 95% of the call traffic.
Between 28th January 2020 – 16th March 2020, the 112 emergency call centre recorded a total of One Million, nine hundred and two thousand, nine hundred and twenty-six calls (1,902,926).
Of this number 1,887,125 were prank related calls with only 15,801 being real emergency related calls. That meant, 99.16% of cases within that period were prank calls.