Providing easy access to healthcare is always a primary concern for any country and ensuring that there is a rapid response to emergencies is necessary to achieve this. This is harder problem to solve in developing countries especially, since they lack the infrastructure, resources and money needed to run an organised and consistent emergency response system. In 2015, more than thirty-three percent of deaths in developing countries were related to time-sensitive medical emergencies that were not handled quickly enough.
The National Ambulance Service opened in 2004, largely in response to the Accra Sports Stadium disaster in 2001, where 126 football supporters died. Public confidence in emergency services has remained limited since.
Battling with entrenched attitudes, where people often use taxis in emergencies or think of ambulances as used for carrying corpses; finding people in densely populated and rural areas has been a challenge and responses often come too late. Responders had typically struggled to find victims, and those in need of emergency attention would often waste valuable time trying to direct ambulances to their location.
We want to ensure that our emergency services get all the help they need to respond quickly to these crises, so, SnooCODE, in collaboration with the Vodafone Ghana Foundation and the Ghana National Ambulance Service, have launched a variant of the SnooCODE system called SnooCODE RED to accurately locate victims in emergency situations. Furthermore, SnooCODE RED has been installed in all ambulance stations in Accra.
With SnooCODE Red Control Center (SRCC), we hope to enable countries to set up emergency control centers at minimal cost. These control centers will be able to determine the nearest ambulance station that has vehicles ready to go. They will also be able to decide on the nearest health center with enough beds available as well as the facilities needed to treat the incoming patient(s). As a result, developing and third-world countries will have an organised system to respond to emergencies. This will allow us to work towards responding to emergencies in seven minutes on average, which will match the average response time of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel in the United States. SRCC also has a low maintenance cost compared to more elaborate systems, making it ideal for countries with minimal resources to support large-scale operations. Its portability and the universality of the addressing system also make it a prime candidate for international emergency response.
Over 160 emergency workers have already been trained on the SnooCODE RED app, which is free and can be used without an internet connection.
The SnooCODE RED app will:
- Enable the National Ambulance Service locate accurately and timely emergency scenes across Ghana
- Reduce emergency response times in order to meet the international standard requirement of 8 minutes
- Provide management of the National Ambulance Service with concrete data that will serve as the basis for medium to long term strategic operations planning
To use SnooCODE RED you need to:-
1. Download the SnooCODE app
2. Generate your SnooCODE to get your address
3. SAVE, SHARE and DISPLAY your SnooCODE for you and your family to be ready in a medical emergency
4. If a medical emergency occurs, provide the GNAS call handler with your SnooCODE so that an ambulance can locate you in a timely and accurate way
Download the app and get your SnooCODE today!