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You’ll see ambulances in your communities by January 28 – Agyeman-Manu

Source The Ghana Report/ Dave Alamisi

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu,has revealed that President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo will unveil new ambulances imported into the country by January 28, 2020.

Although the government in 2019 came under intense pressure to distribute the ambulances to health facilities, it did not buckle.

The government  procured over 300 ambulances for distribution across the 275 constituencies in the country last year.

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Even though some batches of the ambulances have arrived from Turkey, the life-saving vehicles have been parked at the Parliament House for months.

The Ministry explained that the installation of some equipment and other devices needed for the vehicle have not been completed coupled with inadequate paramedics to manage the ambulance operations.

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But Mr Agyeman-Manu has assured that by January 28, 2020, “you’ll see us driving these ambulances around.”

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He said on Joy TV’s PM Express on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, that: “On the 28th of this month [January] President [Nana Akufo-Addo] will commission the entire policy…that is the first step in improving ambulance service”.

The commissioning was earlier scheduled for Jan 6, 2020, but the Ministry of Health and the National Ambulance Service (NAS) appealed to the President to delay the release of the ambulances.

The issue became topical with several groups including the Minority in Parliament and pressure group, OccupyGhana, calling on government assignment the ambulances to places of need immediately.

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