The Parliament at yesterday's sitting approved of a loan to secure an additional 112 ambulances to the already purchased 307 ambulances in the country.
The Chairman of the committee in charge of the procurement of these ambulances, Dr. Mark Asibey Yeboah said that the 112 ambulances consist of 20 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Intensive Care ambulances and 92 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Safety Support ambulances.
The additional ambulances is to improve on the country's emergency response and provide quality health care. The Parliament approved of a loan from Deustche Bank AG, Frankfurt Main for an amount of €18,815,000 including Euler Hermes premium guarantee to purchase the ambulances and other related training and maintenance services.
A member of the Minority Finance committee in Parliament, Hon. Richard Acheampong commended the government on the procurement of additional ambulances. However, he expressed his concern on the fact that people are made to pay money before ambulance services are rendered to them.
He then urged the Government to consider putting more effort into funding the ambulance services well. In response to this, Chairman for the Health Committee in Parliament, Dr. Kwabena Twum Nuamah disclosed that ambulance services in Ghana is free, therefore it is illegal to receive payment for rendering the service.
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