Thirty (30) out of two the hundred (200) ambulances procured by the Ministry of Health did not meet specifications.
Due to this development , the ambulances have not yet been distributed to government hospitals that are in dire need of them.
Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia disclosed this on the floor of Parliament on Thursday in response to a question filed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Atebubu/Amantin ,Sanja Nanja on when the Atebubu/Amantin district hospital will be allocated an ambulance.
According to the minister a team of experts from the Ghana Ambulance Service (GAS) will be leave the country on 10th February to the manufacturing company to inspect the rest of the ambulances and ensure that they meet the required specifications before they are shipped into Ghana.
He said the policy of the Ministry of Health is to establish ambulance stations in the various district capitals and that Atebubu/Amantin district will be considered during the expansion process .
“Mr Speaker, at the moment they are 30 in the country. The content of the ambulances is the issue, various things have to be in the ambulance to ensure that they are fit for purpose. What we have are not fit for purpose so at the moment we have refused to say that this can be ambulances that could be used for the purposes we bought them. We gave specifications, and the specification in these ambulances don’t appear to be met. It is the duty of the Ministry to ensure that we do not not take what we haven’t asked for. So we’re ensuring we have what we asked for, that is why we haven’t distributed the ambulances,” Mr. Segbefia noted.
“We want to make sure we get what we ordered for and we will put up a list of beneficiaries BA’s and when they arrive in the country ,” he added.
He explained that the 30 has not been distributed because they are not fit for the purposes for which they where purchased.
It is the duty of the ministry to ensure that we do not take what we haven’t asked for,so we are ensuring that and that is why we haven’t distributed them,” he added.
The MPs who were not happen with the ministers response raised concerns over who bears the cost of the 30 ambulances since they do not meet the right specifications.
Meanwhile in response to another question by the MP for Binduri , Mr Noah Ben Azure on plans the ministry has put in place to provide Binduri with a distinct hospital, the Minister said Binduri is currently ranked 4th in the Upper East Region for the provision of a district hospital. He assured that a new hospital will be constructed as soon as funds are secured .
He also informed members that the ministry is aware of the population increment in the Manso-Adubia constituency and that the Health Centre has been considered due to an upgrade in the ministry’s four -year Capital Investment Plan.
Source: Gilbert Ankrah