A former Minister of Health under erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, Alban Kingsford Sumama Bagbin has said the importation of 30 substandard ambulances estimated at $2.4 million was necessary.
Many are trying to finger the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament for superintending over the stinky deal that has reportedly caused financial loss to the state but he disclosed that he was not in office when the final agreement to import the ambulances was reached.
“What most people don’t know about the ambulance saga so far as I am concerned is that even though there was the need to import those ambulances which was started during my tenure as health minister, I was not in the ministry as the health minister when the final agreement for the purchase of the ambulance was reached”, he revealed.
He has therefore challenged those who believe he was directly involved to adduce evidence to that fact or incur his wrath insisting that he had handed over to his successor, Madam Sherry Ayitey who took over from him as the substantive health minister.
According to him, some faceless persons are just trying to use the ambulance saga as a way of ruining his hard won reputation because they know he wants to be flagbearer of the NDC.
The failure of government’s technical team to inspect the production of 200 ambulances caused the country to incur a $2.4 million loss as it only discovered the vehicles were unfit for the purpose after it was received from the manufacturers.
According to the Executive Director of the National Ambulance Service, Prof. Ahmed Zakariah, there should have been inspections at various levels of the production to ensure that the manufacturer was producing exactly what was required by the country when it was being procured in 2015 under the John Mahama government.