- President Akufo-Addo's promised ambulances have arrived in the country
- 179 ambulances arrived on the shores of Ghana, at the Tema Port on Tuesday
- This brings the total number of ambulances purchased by the NPP government to 275
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Ghana has finally taken delivery of the last batch of ambulances ordered by the President Akufo-Addo administration.
Some 179 ambulances arrived at the Tema Port on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
According to a report by Classfmonline.com, the ambulances which arrived on the shores of Ghana were branded with the logo and colors of the National Ambulance Service. The only left is for tracking devices to be installed on them.
This comes on the back of President Akufo-Addo’s comment justifying why the first batch of 96 ambulances had not be distributed for use yet.
Nana Addo on Thursday, December 12 in an interaction with the media at the Jubilee House said the first batch of the ambulances were not in use because he did not want to be accused of being bias.
According to the NPP leader, he was waiting for the remaining 179 to arrive so he can distribute for all the 275 constituencies at a go.
“Fortunately for us all of them will be in by the end of this month and on the 6th of January, I will commission them and the distribution will take place simultaneously and nobody will accuse me of favouritism, and so on.
“There is no justification on they being parked but if I was to send it here and not here, I think you know the kind of discourse that will come," he stated.
The President’s comment generated a lot of debate because Ghanaians continue to die recklessly due to the lack of ambulances to transport them to one medical facility or the other.
For example, Starr FM on Tuesday, December 17 reported that a woman died at Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital in Mampong Akuapem in the Eastern Region over unavailability of an ambulance.
According to the Apesemakahene of Akuapem-Mampong Traditional Area, Nana Yirenkyi I, Nurses at the hospital claimed there was no ambulance to convey the deceased who was in critical condition to the Eastern Region Hospital, Koforidua because the only ambulance at facility donated by a philanthropist was faulty.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned the general public to be mindful of some unapproved tomato paste brands on the market.
The FDA in a statement issued on December 16 directed the withdrawal of all batches of about 16 brands of tomato paste from the market.
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