The government of Ghana has purchased 275 ambulances to augment the less than 100 functional ambulances operating in the country.
The ambulances are set to arrive in the country by the end of April this year.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic last Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, disclosed the procurement.
He however did not mention the total cost of the vehicles, but he said they were being funded from the $1 million per constituency the president pledged in his campaign in the run-up to the 2016 general election.
According to Dr Nsiah-Asare, 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.
He said the GHS would make sure that beneficiary health centres drew up comprehensive maintenance plans to ensure the durability of the ambulances.
For more than four years now some health facilities have been operating without ambulances.
Most of the ambulances acquired in the past have either broken down or cannot be used because they are not fit for purpose.
The situation has forced many people to resort to the use of either commercial or private vehicles as ambulances to convey injured or sick persons to hospitals during emergency.
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