The Chief Executive Officer of the National Ambulance Service, Professor Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah has received the Health Environment Safety and Security (HESS) award on Monday, 2nd July, 2023.

The HESS awards is an initiative aimed at identifying, publicly recognizing and celebrating companies, teams and individuals for their exceptional performance and innovations focused on occupational health, the environment and employees and stakeholder’s safety and security.

On the occasion of the 5th Edition of such awards, HESS settled on the venerable Professor Zakariah as one of the people worthy of such recognition.

Having been the Chief Executive Officer of the National Ambulance Service of Ghana for over a decade, the recipient is credited with building a robust emergency service delivery system for Ghana.

Under his leadership, the service has grown from a staff strength of less than one hundred to about Four thousand (4000) personnel who are contributing significantly towards quality emergency service delivery in Ghana.

Also, from about seven district offices at the inception of the National Ambulance Service, the institution now has almost 300 stations with all districts in Ghana hosting offices.

Presenting the award to Prof. Zakariah, the leadership of HESS, called on him to continue to do his best amidst the daunting challenges to take Ghana to higher heights.

The HESS team was represented by Nana Adu-Gyamfi Isaac, Director or Events and Madam Matilda Addo, Head of Communications.

On his part, the CEO of the National Ambulance Service, Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah thanked the team from HESS for the recognition.

He indicated that such gestures were enough motivation and have over the years given him hope that his little contribution to building a standard emergency service system for Ghana was getting the needed support.

The National Ambulance CEO added that, his love for Mother Ghana remains at the apogee, and hence, he will continue to serve with integrity,honesty, and a high level of professionalism.

Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah is a trained specialist in Intensive Care Medicine, cardiac, thoracic, and vascular Anaesthesia.

He is a seasoned instructor in both Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support of international repute.

He holds various qualifications both in Ghana and other European and American countries.
Such qualifications include International Visiting Professorship to the University College of Medicine, Cincinnati,Ohio, USA.
Fellowship of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (FGCS).
Advanced Life Support Instructor Certificate from the USA and Executive Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) GIMPA in Accra, Ghana.

Other qualifications are Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Biomedical Sciences and Master’s in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical medicine from Belgium.

The rest are Medical Doctor (MD)
Degree and a Diploma in French from Cuba.

Prior to becoming the Director of the National Ambulance Service, Prof Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah was the Regional Medical Co-ordinator for the National Ambulance Service for the Greater Accra Region in 2005.

He served as a Specialist (Consultant) in Intensive Care Medicine at the Ridge Hospital, Accra, under the Ghana Health Service.

He was a Research Fellow in Biomedical Sciences in Free University of Brussels in Belgium.

Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah is involved in various training programs in Ghana, such as being a Lecturer at the
Critical Care Nurses Training Program at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Lecturer at the School of Anaesthesia at the Ridge Hospital and also a Lecturer at the Physician Assistant Training Program at the Central University College, Accra.

Prof Zakariah has various research publications to his credit and these include; “Combination of Biphasic Transmittatce Waveform with Blood Procalcitonin Levels for Diagnosis of Sepsis in Acutely Ill Patients” which article was accepted and Published in the Prestigious Journal of Critical Care Medicine (Critical Care Medicine: May 2008 – Volume 36 – Issue 5 – pp 1507-1512); “Combinntion of Biphasic Iransmittance Waveform (BPW) with Procalciton (PCT) to improve sensitivity
and specificity of the diagnosis of sepsis at admission to intensive care unit” which work was accepted and
presented as a Poster at the 10th International Conference of Intensive Care Mediine of the European
Resuscitation Council held in Berlin, Gemany in 2004.

One other research publications of Proff Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah are “Diagnostic and prognostic values of Biphasic Transmittance Waveform (slope _1)  of Ativated Partial
Thromboplastin Time Coagulation Assay for identification of sepss in Intensive Care Unit patients” which research was accepted and presented as a poster at the l00th Internatonal Conterence of the American
Thoracic Society held in San Diego, California. USA n 2005.

Prof. Zakariah holds memberships of international organizations such as the membership of the European Resuscitation Council in 2003; Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine in 2004; Member of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care in 2004 and
Member of the American Thoracic Society in 2005.

Besides some Ghanaian languages Proff Nuhu Zakariah speaks three International languages which are English, French and Spanish.