President Akufo Addo today, inaugurated the much-anticipated 307 ambulances to a massive funfair at the Independence Square.
The Akufo Addo administration has been strongly criticised for using the ambulances to score political points rather than truly address the emergency health needs of citizens.
Critics questioned why despite the fact that the ambulances had been parked for almost a year since their importation. The government have explained that the distribution had to be delayed because paramedics had to complete their training and that the vehicles had to be fitted with “state-of-the-art” technology.
The General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Justice Yankson, has described as unprecedented.
“Generally speaking, in terms of the numbers and then even in terms of the operational scope and the way it is going to be managed, I think that this is a very big improvement over the years,” he said.
However, the Minority Parliamentarians have questioned the commitment of the Akufo Addo administration to emergency health care because it had abandoned several fully-equipped mobile clinics that were imported into the country by the previous administration of John Dramani Mahama.
“These vans were brought into the country six years ago and they were deployed to the ‘hard-to-reach’ areas to provide services but unfortunately for more than 3 years, these vans have been packed here and it’s rotting away,” reveals the Minority Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh.
“We need them in the hinterlands. We entered one of the vans and the interior was chilled, it means the air conditioner is working, so why are they packed here,” he quizzed.
The Ambulances are a fulfilment of a promise by the New Patriotic Party Administration (NPP) that it will deploy at least one ambulance to each 275 constituencies in the country, but critics think the government deliberately delayed the move to coincide with the 2020 election fever period for political capital.