Transport services for Health workers

Following the announcement by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on 27th March, 2020 which restricted movement of persons resident in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi and subsequent measures on Social Distancing in public transport services, some public transport service providers withdrew their services making access to public transport very difficult.

The Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) therefore met to discuss modalities to provide transport services to the general public and health workers within the affected areas.

This was to address the difficulties especially for essential health workers (nurses, midwives, doctors and other health workers) go through before getting to their workplace due to the restriction of movement.

The buses for essential health workers would run on specified routes at specific times within Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi. The identified routes are as follows:

IN-BOUND ROUTESNO. OF BUSESOUT-BOUND ROUTESNO. OF BUSES
Amasaman Hospital through Ofankor, Achimota Hospital, Circle to Ridge Hospital1CDB- Circle- Achimota Hospital- Ofankor- Amasaman Hospital1
Amasaman Hospital through Ofankor, Achimota Hospital, Circle to Korle-Bu1  
Amasaman Hospital through Achimota Hospital,  to 37 Hospital1  
Dodowa through Adenta Barrier, Legon Hospital, 37 hospital- Ridge- Korle-Bu2Korle-Bu- Ridge Hosptial- 37 Hospital- Legon Hospital- Adenta Barrier- Dowdowa1
Kasoa to Accra through Mallam Junction- Kaneshie- Korle-Bu1Accra Central- Ridge Hospital- Kaneshie- Kasoa1
Kasoa through Mallam Junction- Kaneshie – Circle- Ridge Hospital1  
Kasoa through N1 to 37 Hospital1  
Sakaman Junction- Dansoman round about through Banana inn to Mamprobi to Korle-bu1  
LEKMA Hospital through Spintex, Airport By-pass, 37 Hospital- Ridge hospital to Korle-Bu1  
LEKMA through the Nungua Beach Road- Osu- Ridge Hospital- Kprle-Bu1  
Oyibi through Zaanu- Ashiaman- Tema General Hospital1  
Adenta- Legon Hospital- 37 Hospital- Circle- Kaneshie Polyclinic- Cocoa Clinic1  
Ayimensah though Pantang- Westlands- Achimota Hospital , 37 hospital, Ridge Hospital to korle-bu1  
Tema Newtown through Comm.1- TMA- Tema General Hospital1  
Nungua Barrier through Urban Health- Hospital Road- Tema General Hospital1  
Pampram Junction through Dowenya- Motorway Roundabout- Tema General Hospital1  
Michel Camp through Ashiaman- Tema General Hospital1  
TOTAL 21  
KUMASI OPERATIONS
Abuakwa- Kejetia2  
Pakyi- Kejetia2  
Ejisu – Kejetia2  
Kodee- Kejetia2  
Mamponteng- Kejetia2  
Kenyase- Kejetia1  
Ampabme-Kejetia1  
Barekesse- Kejetia2  
Sofo Line – Nkawie (Toase)

 

1  
TOTAL16   

 

3.0      MODE OF OPERATIONS

Health workers within the affected areas would be required to show an identification before they would be allowed to board the buses. The buses would operate based on the schedule below:

 INBOUND SERVICESOUTBOUND SERVICES
Morning6:30 am – 9:00am6:30 am – 9:00am
Afternoon11:30am – 2:00pm11:30am – 2:00pm
Evening6:30pm – 8:30pm6:30pm – 8:30pm

 

Focal persons have also been identified in the various health facilities (Health Zones) and would coordinate the services for their respective facilities. The contact details for the zones in Accra are as follows:

ZONE(S)COORDINATOR’S NAMETELEPHONE NUMBERS
 

AMASAMAN

 

 

MR. BERNARD POLLEY

 

0208981981 / 0240419051

 

TEMA

 

 

MR. FRANCIS OWEN

 

0244113356

 

KASOA

 

 

MR. ABDULAI TANKO IDDI

 

0244624656

 

TESHIE/37

 

 

MR. GEORGE BOAKYE YIADOM

 

0553096907

 

MADINA

 

 

MR. PETER GALGA

 

0244658444

 

KORLE-BU

 

 

MR. JOSEPH GRANT ABAM

 

0542392111

 

OVERALL COORDINATOR

 

  1. JOHN ACHANA – 0244709006

 

 

4.0         STATUS OF OPERATIONS

The services commenced on Monday 6th April, 2020 with an initial fleet of fifteen (15) buses on selected routes in Accra, Tema, Kasoa, Amasaman and other major corridors. The buses call at designated points at health facilities to load and offload passengers. Focal persons have also been identified in the various health facilities and coordinate activities and the loading points.

In all, thirty-seven (37) buses would be deployed to pick health workers in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi. In addition, the traditional services being provided by Aayalolo is also available to health workers for free.

 

Source: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh