Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister for Special Development Initiatives, has said that 307 ambulances will be shipped into the country by the second week in September to help emergency services within health sectors.
She said procurement processes have begun and the final pre-shipping inspection will done on July 25th before the first batch of ambulances will be brought into the country.
“We have started with the procurement process and as I’m speaking now, as at last month June, we went to Turkey to do our phototype inspection and corrected every mistake. If God permits, on July 25th, the pre-shipping inspection will also come on so that by second week of September, the first batch of ambulances will be in Ghana,” she said.
“Initially,we were shipping 4 by 4 and 2 by 4 but we realised that we can’t convert the Euro 6 to get the 4 by 4 that we want and the fuel consumption too will be very high so we spoke with the ambulance service personnel and then they said that they prefer the 2 by 4 than the 4 by 4″, she added.
The government promised to provide each constituency with an ambulance, a promise which is yet to be fulfilled.
A team of experts had already assessed the quality of the ambulances and certified them as being consistent with required specifications.
The decision to purchase the specialised vehicles by the government formed part of a grand effort to transform the health sector to facilitate effective delivery of health care in the country.
The provision of the Ambulances in fulfillment of the President’s December 2018 promise to provide Ambulances to all the 275 constituencies to solve the ambulance deficit in Ghana’s health sector.
Nana Akufo-Addo promised to give every constituency an ambulance in the early part of 2019.
Ghana currently has some 55 Ambulances serving the estimated 30 million population.
Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com