Government has announced some 307 ambulances will be distributed to the various constituencies after the commissioning ceremony on Tuesday.
The commissioning of the ambulances was initially scheduled for January 6, 2020, but was later postponed to January 28, 2020, to allow for the proper training of drivers and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), fitting of tracking devices and the arrival of the remaining buses.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah believed the ambulances will help ease the problems in the health sector in the country.
“The Akufo Addo’s administration has invested in this major boost to emergency health care or the pre-hospital health care and expects that it will augment some of it. Other efforts are aimed at improving health care service in Ghana’’ – Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said.
The minister further charged the National Ambulance Service to maintain this investment to ensure longevity.
“It is further expected that this injection will be put to good use to serve the good people of Ghana and to add to the other ongoing efforts aimed at securing lives,” the Minister said.
Aside from the ambulances, he said clearance had been given for 575 EMTs to be recruited out of which 450 had been recruited, saying “the initial deployments of EMT staff are drawn from this and previous staff (while) an additional 900 staff has received clearance to be recruited”.
The minister further explained to the general public as to how the funds for these ambulances were procured.
“Additionally, we encourage all to take note that it is out of the budgetary allocation of the 1m USD per constituency is what is being used to fund this fleet, an indication that in addition to the other initiatives of the MSDI ministry, that IPEP program is yielding results” he stated.
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