- Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that the government has initiated processes to produced 275 ambulances
- The one constituency, one ambulance policy is expected to boost the operation of the national ambulance service
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has revealed that government has begun plans to provide ambulances to all constituencies around the country.
According to him, 275 ambulances will be provided to the various constituencies to boost the operations of the National Ambulance Service.
Dr. Bawumia made this known while speaking at the opening of the 2018 Annual Health Summit organized by the Ghana Health Service in Accra.
In his view, the effective operation of the Ghana Ambulance Service would contribute to the general improvement of health delivery in the country.
He said the initiative is geared towards revamping the National Ambulance Service, which has lacked logistics to work over the years.
“You cannot have a National Ambulance Service without ambulances, it becomes a problem. So the government has through the Ministry of Special Development Initiative, which works with the development authorities, begun the processes of procuring ambulances for every constituency in this country, and we have 275 constituencies, so we will procure 275 ambulances, all of which will become a part of the national ambulances system to help in the development of health services,” the Vice President stated.
He further revealed that government has initiated plans on how to distribute essential medicines to remote parts of the country.
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According to him, by September, drones will be acquired to be used to deliver blood and essential medicines to some areas in the country that are hard to reach.
Dr. Bawumia added: “…there are ongoing discussions, we are looking at innovative ways to deliver blood supplies as well as essential medicines to remote areas. As the rains come in, some areas are going to be cut off… Do we allow mothers to die because we can’t have blood supplies or essential medicines? Ghana this week, will be signing an MOU and by the middle of this year or by September, we will join Malawi and Rwanda with using drone technology to deliver blood supplies and essential medicines. So, we are going to do that this year."
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