The Upper East Region will soon get a total of 15 brand new state of the art ambulances by the end of the year 2019.
The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu reignited the promise at Binaba in the Bawku West District when he accompanied president Nana Akufo Addo on his two-day tour of the Upper East Region.
These ambulances are part of a total of 275 ambulances promised by the Minister for Special Development Initiative, Mavis Hawa Koomson to be distributed to all constituencies in the country as part of the benefits of the “One million per constituency initiative.”
According to the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, government will by the close of 2019 distribute all the 275 ambulances to all constituencies in the country as the president Nana Akufo Addo promised in 2016.
Originally the ambulances were supposed to have been imported and distributed by April 2019 and per this new announcement, the distribution will be delayed by 8 months if the end of year deadline remains same.
Currently, the Upper East Region cannot boast of more than two functioning ambulance, because all other ambulances have all broken down, down to the constant movement of rough roads.
The Upper East Region is in dying need of these ambulance, especially when many cases at district hospitals and CHPS centers are referred to bigger health facilities either in Bolgatanga, Navrongo or Tamale.
Unfortunately, many of the roads linking these district health facilities are in bad shape and so there are fears that, this ambulances may not stand the test of time, especially in the face of a poor maintenance culture in the public sector.
Some time ago, the Ghana National Ambulance Service had a total of over 150 ambulance serving the entire country, today, just a little over 50 of these ambulances are functioning across the country.
Maybe tha Minister of Health will have to work closely with the Ministry of Roads to upgrade all road linking districts to their regional capitals or major referral health facilities to prolong the life span of these ambulance.
Source: A1radioonline.com | 101.1MHz | Ghana