Ghanaian official, Minister of Special Development Initiatives Mavis Hawa Koomson, recently announced a plan to add an additional 275 ambulances to the nation’s healthcare services in 2019. The ruling New Patriotic Party has confirmed that the Ghanaian government will be supplying one ambulance to every one of the 275 constituencies in the country as part of the “one-million-dollar, one constituency” agenda.
As of 2018, Ghana has only 55 working ambulances available to hospitals in the country of 29 million citizens. Civilians have expressed frustrations with the lack of medical transport over the years and have finally had their inquiries answered. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia revealed plans by the government to improve Ghana’s dire Emergency Response Service early this year in April and said he is pleased to see plans moving forward.
In addition to the increase in medical transportation, Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang has urged health personnel to increase public education for public health issues with hopes of preventing loss of lives. Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital has been selected for an upgrade to become a teaching hospital for medical school graduates. The Minister has called on constituents and the public who have not yet registered on the health insurance scheme to do so particularly for the registration of children. The ambulances will further continue Ghana’s plans to improve public health and safety.
Some concern has been raised, however, as Koomson has suggested that the provisions for the ambulances have been held up due to certain challenges in procurement. Koomson has stated that the money allocated for the 2017 budget expired at the end of that year as the Minister took the time to ensure a smooth process for the newly established plans under President Akufo-Addo’s Administration. Despite the setback, all plans continue to move forward for the project.
The ambulances are expected to arrive in the country by June of 2019.