The parked ambulances

The government is being urged to stop the insensitivity and immediately distribute the 40 ambulances parked at the forecourt of Parliament House in Accra.

According to the Executive Director of Africa Center for Health Policy, Research and Analysis, Dr Thomas Anaba, in a country where many people do not have knowledge or skills in basic life support, enough ambulances are the best option for pre-hospital emergency medical care.

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He recalled the last official information about the number of ambulances in Ghana in 2018 placed the figure at 55 and up till date no ambulance has been added to the service.

“It is very worrying for a country like Ghana to struggle in distributing ambulances. Where are our leaders heading as a country? The insensitivity on the part of our leaders is bad,” he said on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem, Tuesday.

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Dr Anaba argued that he considers the government’s decision to hold onto the distribution of the 48 ambulances as a clear manifestation of insensitivity to the very people it sworn to alleviate from predicaments.

“We live in a country where patients are conveyed in unconventional transport to hospital causing more harm to them, women giving birth on the street for lack of ambulances and most damming of them all is the report from Eastern Regional Health Directorate indicating 70 pregnant women died in the region for lack of ambulances and bad roads,” he said.

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In September 2019, President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the arrival of the first batch of ambulances for all 275 constituencies in the country.

The buses, numbering 48, have since been parked at the forecourt of the Parliament House while government awaits delivery of the remaining ones to be cleared at the port.