Ghanaian president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commissioned here on Tuesday 307 ambulances for deployment across the country.

The Mercedes Benz manufactured ambulances fitted with advanced life support equipment and other modern emergency care kits will restock the depleting fleet of the National Ambulance Service.


In addition to the new equipment, President Akufo-Addo said the government was taking steps to solve the other challenges facing emergency care in the country.

” In the first place, 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 577 have already been recruited,” he announced.

The president He expressed joy that the ratio of the number of persons to an ambulance had reduced from approximately one ambulance to 524,000 people at the end of December 2016, to a ratio of one ambulance to 84,000 people.

One ambulance will go to each of the 275 constituencies in the country, and the remaining 32 will be at the headquarters of the service.

A senior advanced emergency medical technician at the ambulance service Alfred Amoah expressed confidence that the new ambulances service delivery would improve.

“We have used other ambulances in the past, but these new ones are quite advanced with new equipment added. Now, we can quickly respond to distressed calls. Timely care saves lives, so, this will improve our work,” Amoah added.

The lack of ambulances in accident-prone areas in the country has been a major contributory factor to accident-related deaths in Ghana. Enditem


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