THE Ministry of Health, as part of efforts to garner public support to resuscitate a deficient National Ambulance Service, has launched a new initiative aimed at encouraging corporate entities and the general public to contribute towards the project.
The initiative dubbed ‘Operation Save a Soul’ is aimed at soliciting funds and other support to resource the Ghana Ambulance Service.
In furtherance of this, the Ministry has outdoored popular broadcaster and morning show host of Adom FM, Captain Smart, as an ambassadorfor the project.
The terms of reference for the ambassador will include leading a team from the National Ambulance Service to solicit for the necessary support to resource the Service to enhance its emergency response capabilities.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, speaking at the outdooring of the NAS Ambassador said despite the advances made to improve the services of the Ambulance Service, it is faced with numerous challenges that impede its effectiveness.
“Despite the advances made in the NAS, sizable challenges remain. The Service lacks adequate fleet of ambulances, insufficient number of ambulance stations across the country and inadequate capacity building facilities”.
She noted further that the only training school of the Service, which is the Paramedic and Emergency Care Training School located in Nkenkaase in the Ashanti Region, lacks adequate infrastructure and thus needs urgent upgrading.
These challenges, she said, places a lot of responsibilities on the government which is also challenged with resources to provide adequately to resource the Service as a result, she said it was incumbent on “all of us to get involved in improving our emergency response systems”.
The Chief Executive of the Ghana Ambulance Service told The Finder that the Service requires a minimum of 200 cars to keep public demand for their services.
Currently, the Service has vehicles on only 130 districts across the country with 140 more waiting to have a centre for an ambulance service.
Information gathered by The Finder indicates that as at yesterday, the whole of Greater-Accra had only three ambulances working out of the 18 that serves the region.
Source: Daniel Nonor || The Finder