The Public Relations Director of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Mr. Robert Cudjoe has disclosed that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) would soon receive 275 ambulances.
This announcement comes after the Paramount Chief of Akyem Abuakwa, Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin II described how Former Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Amissah Arthur was thrown into a pick-up bucket since there was no ambulance.
The lack of ambulances in the country has been an issue―stalling Ghana’s progress in giving to its citizens, proper and comprehensive health care.
The campaign for government to procure more ambulances has since been rekindled following the death of the former Veep.
According to Mr. Cudjo, the news about the lack of ambulances in Mr. Amissah Arthur’s case did not get to them in time.
“When the late veep passed on last Friday, there was no information on the lack ambulance. It is this morning that we heard that was no ambulance to convey the veep to the hospital,” he said.
“We are expecting about 275 ambulances to beef up what we already have. We are expecting the 275 ambulances from the Special Development Initiative Ministry” Mr. Cudjo added.
The ministry however did not specify the time frame in which these ambulances will arrive.
Currently the country has only 55 ambulances to its credit.
By: Pamela A. Allotey