Dr Sebastian Ngmenenso Sandaare, a Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee of Health, has questioned the Akufo Addo led government commitment to healthcare delivery in the country.
According to him, if the government was mindful of providing quality and efficient healthcare delivery to Ghanaians, it should have completed the abandoned hospital projects initiated by president John Mahama administration to complement the Ambulance.
He said, the Ambulance which are to services primarily as vehicles for emergency could not achieve the purpose if there are no hospitals and other health facilities where emergency services are needed.
Dr Sandaare was commenting on the government decision to organize a ceremony to commission and distribute ambulance to the 275 constituencies at the Independent Square on Tuesday morning January 28, 2020.
The 307 ambulances were procured under the government Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) currently being implemented by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives (MSDI).
The government claimed it was funded through the $1 million per constituency policy and is to serve as emergency medical services to the people.
But Dr Sandaare told THE REPUBLIC in an interview in parliament that, the purpose of which the ambulance have been procured has been downplayed by the Akufo Addo government after it has failed or refused to distribute them to save life’s four months ago.
The Daffiama/Bussie/Issa lawmaker pointed out that, ambulance is for emergency services to save life’s, stressing, ” the Ambulance will address the delay, but it needed the health facilities to address the emergency.”
He questioned whether the ambulance is going to be roaming in towns and cities or would be sending patients in critical condition to health facilities
He said, despite the jamboree and the fanfare ceremony to distribute the ambulance, President Akufo Addo and his appointees must explain to Ghanaians why they waited for people to die to distribute the ambulance.
In his view, should the government had listened to the Minority members and distributed the ambulance, more life’s could have been saved at the recent accident on the Cape Coast highway which claimed over 34 life’s on the spot.
He further berated the government for making politics with the pre-health care in the country, saying that, ambulance are critical needs to the patience that has to cover a long distance in accessing healthcare, especially in the remote communities.
He said despite the noise, only 120 out of the 307 procured ambulance have been fixed for the purpose, whiles the rest remained unfixed, saying that, “the NPP government do not understand what is an emergency.”
Nevertheless, Dr Sandaare urged the government to ensure maintenance culture, by proving funds, training of personnel, health professionals and staff, logistics and paramedics.
He also bemoaned about the bad nature of roads in the country and called on the government to provide a good road to help in emergency health care to Ghanaians.
Source: Felix Nyaaba