The Sissala East Municipal Assembly has committed GH₵ 5,500.00 for the repairs and maintenance of a grounded national ambulance to bolster health emergency services to the people.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting at the office of the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Karim Nanyua, together with officials from the National Ambulance Service and Ghana Health Service.
It was agreed that arrangements be made for the grounded ambulances to function again without delay as stakeholders demanded increased involvement of the Municipal Assembly in the running of the service.
The list of items required to fix the vehicle included; one complete cylinder head, tensional, head gasket, two sets of fuel filter, a set of oil filters, air filter, engine oil, radiator coolant and gearbox oil.
Mr Nanyua said, “A cheque would be made available by Monday 20th May 2019 to fix the ambulance”.
He said “I am here to solve the challenges of the people,” and directed the Advance Medical Technician, Mr Moses Setgak, to update the municipal assembly about the current state of the ambulance to put it back to shape for use.
Mr Setgak told the meeting that the updated list of parts needed went up to GH₵ 7,500.00.
“Emergency is a core part of our work and the absence of the ambulance should have been made known to all of us within the health sector”, the Municipal Director of Health, Mr Alex Bapula said.
He urged the ambulance service to have a revolving fund while the assembly is given a stake in the running of the service when it was fixed and made operational.
He called for management of the national ambulance service to decentralise their service and work closely with the assemblies and the Ghana Health Service.
Sissala East is more than 100 hundred kilometres away from the Upper West Regional hospital, the only referral health centre, and without an ambulance health service to the population will remain a mirage as patients depend on private transport for referral cases.
By: Balu Mohammed