‘Take special interest in management of ambulances’

Municipal and district chief executives have been urged to take  special interest in the management of the newly distributed ambulances.

“This is the directive from the President,” the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa said when he handed over eighteen ambulances to the municipal and district assemblies  yesterday at Ho, the Volta Regional capital.

The minister asked them to ensure that officers and supervisors of the National Ambulance Service effectively supervised and monitored the operation of the ambulances to serve the people, and last longer.

Dr Letsa insisted that drivers of the ambulances must be closely monitored to ensure that the ambulances are put to the desired use.

He cautioned the drivers against using the ambulances for unauthorised services, overspeeding and careless driving.

“If this is done and if all of us work together, we can ensure that the ambulances remain long enough on our roads to serve our people,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director in charge of Clinical Care, Mr Robert Adatsi, has pleaded with the government to provide boat ambulances to support communities surrounded by river within the Volta, and Oti Regions.

He explained that the ambulances had to do emergency crossings which was expensive, or they wait for the ferry to convey patients across.

He also suggested that the Ambulance Service should be included in the health insurance package to make funds ready available for their maintenance.

The Regional Coordinator of National Ambulance Service, Dr John Tampouri disclosed that the only ambulance in the region broke down, adding that  the eighteen ambulances in the region was timely.

He thanked the government for coming in to save the region from very serious challenges, and assured that the ambulances would  be managed well to serve its purpose.

FROM GRACE SENAMKLAY, HO

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