Joe Jackson, owner of Dalex Finance, has narrated the story of how his cousin died after a Ghana Ambulance Service abandoned his designated vehicle sent to take the sick cousin to the hospital.
According to Jackson, although the ambulance came on time, the driver left the vehicle inexplicably. It is safe to assume that the driver did leave the vehicles's key with no one.
A government driver would have been given strict caution as to the handling of the keys to a government vehicle.
Jackson added that his cousin was meant to be transported from the Winneba District Hospital to the 37 Military Hospital, a journey of about 66 kilometres.
Jackson tweeted in conclusion: "Even when we have an ambulance, we manage to sabotage its effectiveness... Cry beloved country."
The stories of Ghanaians who have had their lives worsened or cut short by poor public health service are all too familiar. Government after government surprisingly, has not found a solution.
Meanwhile, the current 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 2019.
The procurement was announced by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, while speaking to the Daily Graphic last Saturday, February 16, 2019.
He however did not mention the total cost of the vehicles, but 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.
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