300 ambulances coming before end of 2019

The government of Ghana is expected to take delivery of 300 ambulances before the end of the year.

A government delegation led by the Minister of Special Development Initiative, Ms Mavis Hawa Koomson, has said that work on manufacturing and assembling of the ambulances is near completion.

The delegation, which was in Turkey to inspect progress of work last week, also comprised a Deputy Health Minister, Mrs Tina Mensah; a deputy Minister of Information, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei; and the Chairman of the Health Committee in Parliament, Dr Kwabena Twum Nuamah.

The Minister for Special Development Initiative said the ambulances would boost the operations of the National Ambulance Service and help to improve emergency health care in Ghana.

Arrangements

She said there were arrangements with the manufacturers to also set up a maintenance and spare parts unit in Ghana to deal with mechanical faults when they occur.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during his campaign in the 2016 elections, promised his government would roll out a programme that would assign every constituency $1 million to facilitate the rapid development of constituencies.

In fulfilment of this promise, a programme called Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) aimed at radically improving the state of basic infrastructure at the constituency level was initiated.

The IPEP will serve as the vehicle through which the capital expenditure will be met.