President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned and presented 307 new, state-of-the-art ambulances to the National Ambulance Service, in fulfilment of his 2016 campaign pledge.
According to him, the 307 ambulances are “fitted with advanced life support equipment and tracking devices, to be distributed to 275 constituencies.
This is in fulfilment of President’s 1-Constituency-1-Ambulance pledge,.
The 307 ambulances are to be managed by the National Ambulance Service and the remainder of 32 ambulances to the headquarters of the Service.
Presenting the ambulances, at a ceremony at the Independence Square, the President noted that when he took office in January 2017, the National Ambulance Service had 130 stations, 10 regional control rooms across the country, and only 55 ‘semi-functioning’ ambulances.
“In December 2015, 200 ambulances were supposedly purchased by the Mahama government, out of which only 30 arrived in the country.
”As though this was not enough, the thirty 30 were declared “not fit for purpose because they had cardinal defects and did not come with any medical equipment.
”This was completely unacceptable, and my government was determined to rectify this unhappy state of affairs,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued it is appropriate that the National Ambulance Service, established in 2004, under former President of John Agyekum Kufuor, is re-equipped, re-tooled and revamped under another NPP-led government, this time of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The presentation of the 307 ambulances, the President said, means that “as against the scenario whereby one ambulance served approximately 524,000 people at the end of December 2016.
”We have a much-improved ratio of one ambulance serving approximately 84,000 people.”
Additionally, the President revealed that 145 new ambulance stations will be created, bringing the total to 275 stations, ensuring that the country has a 1-Constutency-1-Ambulance Station situation.
“We promised in the 2016 NPP Manifesto to strengthen the National Ambulance Service, and we are doing just that,” he added.
Towards addressing the challenges confronting the Ambulance Service, President Akufo-Addo noted that the Ministry of Finance has provided financial clearance for the National Ambulance Service to recruit and train 1,477 emergency medical technicians.
Out of this number, he said that, 577 have already been recruited, with the process for recruiting the 900 underway.