Volta, Eastern, Western and many other regional Ministers have decided to hold another ceremony before distributing the new ambulances meant for their respective regions.
After President Nana Akufo-Addo commissioned 307 ambulances for distribution nationwide on national tv this past Monday, the regional leaders feels some residents of their regions who missed the January 28 ceremony deserve to see another form of commissioning.
With many describing the main ceremony as an “exercise in mediocrity” adding that it will amount to needless expenditure in the regional side, many of the Regional heads have justified the stance of yet another commissioning in their respective regions.
“The people of Ghana, many of whom may not have watched it on television or might not have read newspapers also need to know what has happened,” he said at the Volta Region Coordinating Council.
“When ambulances have been allocated to Volta Region, there is nothing wrong with the ambulances coming to the coordinating council for us to receive them and hand them over to be taken care of by the assemblies.”
“Anybody who criticises this has a problem and we need to take him to a synagogue for deliverance,” Dr. Letsa, Volta Regional Minister has quoted to have said.
The ambulances were procured under the government’s Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) currently being implemented by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, headed by Mavis Hawa Koomson, who doubles as an MP.
Since the establishment of the Ghana Ambulance Service with an initial investment by the Kufuor administration in 2004 with some 10 ambulances and seven stations, emergency healthcare has ground to a halt in recent years, leaving the ambulance service with only some 55 ambulances functioning currently and a handful of emergency medical technicians.
Meanwhile, financial clearance has been given for the recruitment and training of 1, 477 medical technicians.
Out of that figure, 577 people have started receiving training in that respect.