The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says management systems of the ambulances awaiting distribution countrywide are being tracked by a digital address system.
It would be recalled that the Minority in Parliament weeks ago asked government to distribute ambulances procured for the one Constituency one ambulance program in 72 hours.
Addressing the media minority spokesperson on Health, Kwabena Minta Akandor said the ambulances, must be released immediately to serve their purpose across the country.
“From the time these ambulances were parked till 2020, do you know the number of people who would die because they could not get access to ambulances? I do not know whether they do not understand emergency purposes…We are calling on the President to immediately distribute the ambulances available so they can serve their purpose.”
“If you park the ambulances as we have done, I think we are doing a disservice to the country. The only time the taxpayer will get the full use and benefit from this investment is when these ambulances are in use and therefore I think we are even being charitable. We are giving the President a maximum of three days to distribute the ambulances,” he said.
But the Vice President has said the delay in the distribution is just to make the facilities fit for purpose insisting by the end of next month, when ambulance numbers are called in times of distress, the problem of having to identify locations would be a thing of the past.
“We are making sure that we have an ambulance management system to manage these ambulances. So every ambulance is going to be uniquely tracked, fitted with tablets and with all the digital address systems. So, by the end of next month, when you dial the 112 number, the police ambulance or fire service will know exactly the digital address from which that call is coming,” Dr. Bawumia made the revelation at the 3rd Chamber Business Awards 2018.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives has assured the general public that the ambulances will be released in January 2020.
At least 300 ambulances procured by the Akufo-Addo-led government have been parked at the State House awaiting distribution since they arrived several months ago.
The arrival of the ambulances is part of the fulfillment of a promise made by President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP Government in the build-up to the 2016 general elections.