The ambulances being assembled to be shipped to Ghana. 48 of them are already in.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
has said the 300 ambulances he promised during the 2016 campaign to be
delivered to every constituency have started arriving in the country.
Speaking at the induction of some 378
newly trained medical doctors in Accra yesterday, the President said the first
batch of 48 ambulances is already in the country, and the rest are expected to
follow next month.
“The first batch of 48 ambulances out of
the 300 procured by my government for distribution for each of the 275
constituencies i.e one constituency, one ambulance, and to the National
Ambulance Service has arrived in the country, with the second batch due in
Ghana by the first week in October. By the end of this year, they will all be
in,” he said.
The President was concerned that doctors
continue to reject postings to rural areas and said it is affecting quality
healthcare delivery in the country.
“Our medical schools have got a good
reputation and have been training good doctors and dentists. However, the
doctor dentist population ratio in our country remains very unsatisfactory
after 62 years of nation in our regions, districts and deprived communities,
especially for the newly created regions and districts.”
The induction of new medical doctors was held in honour of Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom, the second Chairman of the Medical and Dental Council (M & DC) of Ghana (from 1979-1984), a man the council described as ‘a patriot and an icon of the medical profession.’
The President encouraged newly inducted
doctors to follow the exemplary life of Dr. Evans-Anfom and accept postings to deprived
areas where their services are needed most.
“I’m determined to work to help ensure that these improvements we all want in our lives become reality,” he stressed, insisting that “government is committed to improving access to essential and Quality Health Services through the provision of the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and logistics including the deployment of appropriate technology as part of our drive to attain Universal Health coverage.”
By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent