The Health Ministry has hinted it is to receive 275 new ambulances from the Special Development initiative ministry.
The revelation was made by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry Robert Cudjoe. He however failed to disclose when exactly the ambulances will be delivered.
The discussion on inadequate ambulances in the country has been rekindled following the sudden death of former Vice President Amissah-Arthur who collapsed at the gym last Friday.
According to eyewitnesses, the ailing vice president was conveyed to the 37 military hospital in a pickup vehicle because there was no ambulance.
The health ministry however says the news about the lack of ambulance in the case of Mr. Amissah-Arthur’s death just reached them today, July 3,2018.
“When the Late Veep passed on last Friday, there was no information on the lack of ambulance. It is this morning that we heard that there was no ambulance to convey the Veep to the hospital. We are expecting about 275 ambulances to beef up what we already have. We are expecting the 275 ambulances from the Special Development Initiative Ministry,” he said.
Ghana with over 30 million population currently has 155 ambulances, 100 of which have broken down.
The remaining 55, are stationed in various parts of the country to offer emergency health responses and basic life support.
The National Headquarters of the Ambulance Service in Accra has only four ambulances. The statistics indicate that 1 ambulance is shared by over 520,000 Ghanaians.