Health Director justifies use of tricycle for ambulance services

By Robert Tachie Menson, GNA    

Wamfie (B/R), Feb. 14, GNA – Mr. Jacob
Aleeba, the Dormaa East District Director of Health Services on Thursday
justified the use of a tricycle to provide ambulance services at a Community
Health Planning Service (CHPS) Compound at ‘Pepra Shed’, a farming community in
the District

He said the idea to use the tricycle was
mooted by the local health committee with the approval of the residents of the
community to enhance emergency health service delivery.

Mr. Aleeba was responding to a question at a
Meet the Press event organised by the Dormaa East Assembly to update the
populace on development projects being implemented in the District under the
government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Wamfie in the Bono

It was attended by a number of New Patriotic
Party activists, traditional rulers, traders, students, public/civil
servants, Assembly Members, the media and the public.

Mr Aleeba stated that the tricycle ambulance
would complement the services of the National Ambulance Service in the area,
because “if someone calls the National Ambulance and another person needs its
service at a different place at the same time, this is where the tricycle
ambulance can be of good use,” the District Health Director explained.

Mr. Aleeba said “it is lawful and
permissible for the community to find an emergency transport system in their
quest to provide healthcare for indigenes in the area, but not a question of
whether a substandard equipment is being used as an ambulance”.

He further indicated that challenges of the
CHPS Compound were aggravated by inaccessible and unmotorable roads, which made
it difficult for commercial vehicles to operate on such roads.

Consequently the provision of the tricycle
ambulance would greatly help for the timely access to emergency health
services, Mr. Aleeba said, and added that until recently the CHPS facility
relied on the service of a private vehicle which now has a ‘for sale’ tag
placed on it by its owner.

The ambulance was procured by the Dormaa
East Assembly after the staff of the CHPS Compound had decided to organise a
fund raising for the purchase of health items and equipment to provide quality
healthcare service to the community.