Ambulances procured by government under the One Constituency , One Ambulance initiative through the Ministry of Special Initiative have arrived in good condition and distributed to the various districts in the Upper East Region.
The arrival of the vehicles was greeted with a feeling of relief to the people with others openly showing their excitement.
A total of 15 Ambulances have been distributed to all the districts in the region out of the 307 procured by government.
Speaking to the Media at the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) where the Ambulances were distributed, Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service , Dr. Winfrey Ofusu described the initiative as a “life saver” in administering health care and that the arrival of the vehicles were timely.
“These ambulances are up to standard though ,our staff will not be working on these ambulances they are trained in emergency cases. For instance, pregnant women who are in labor with these ambulances they free to safety delivering.”
Dr. Ofusu pledged that his outfit will do it’s best in ensuring that he main purpose for the Ambulances will be materialize and further called for additional policies in the health sector in order for the country to attain the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) on health and Inequality.
Administrator at the Ambulance Service Department in the Upper East Region, Awuni Alibaba however appealed to government to increase the number of staff in the region to manage the activities of the Ambulances.
“we were having seven ambulances in the region, but with the new ones, in fact, the burden will go high because ideally, an ambulance require at least nine personnel. Unfortunately for us, we have just four personnel to each station we don’t even know how we will run a shift system for now…Yes, we are constrained with personnel, which means that the region runs short of 70-80 additional personnel which could have help in the smooth running of the service.” He stated