MoH Rejects 30 sub-standard Ambulances

Thirty out of two hundred ambulances procured by the Ministry of Health did not meet specifications.



Due to the development, the ambulances have not yet been distributed to government hospitals that are in need of them.


Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia disclosed this on the floor of Parliament on Thursday in a response to a question filed by the MP for Atebubu/Amantin, Sanja Nanja on when the Atebubu/Amantin district hospital would be allocated an ambulance.


According to the Minister, a team of  experts from the Ghana National Ambulance Service (GNAS)  would leave the country on 10th of this month  for the manufacturing company to inspect the rest of the ambulances and ensure that the last batch  meet the required specifications before they are shipped into Ghana.


He said the policy of the Ministry of Health was to establish ambulance stations in the various district capitals and that Atebubu/Amantin district would 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 the purpose. What we have are not fit for the 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 specifications in these ambulances don’t appear to be met. It is the duty of the Ministry to ensure that we do 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 when they arrive in the country," he added. The MPs who were not happy with the Minister's response raised concerns over who bears the cost of the 30 ambulances since they did not meet the right specifications.


Meanwhile, in a response to another question by the MP for Binduri, Mr Noah Ben Azure on plans the ministry had put in place to provide Binduri with a distinct hospital. The Minister said Binduri was currently ranked 4th in the Upper East Region for the provision of a district hospital and assured that a new hospital would be constructed as soon as funds were secured.


He also informed members that the Ministry was aware of the population increment in the Manso-Adubia constituency and that the Health Centre has been considered for an upgrade   in the Ministry's four -year Capital Investment Plan.


In another development, the House paid tribute to commemorate the 51st anniversary of Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, one of the political figures who played a key role in the struggle for the country’s independence. They described Mr. Dankwah as a political hero who would forever be celebrated for the role he played in the struggle for independence.


Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah &Raymond Kwofie)