Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih has given a strong warning to the management of the Ghana Ambulance service in the Upper West Region, admonishing them not to allowed the newly distributed ambulances of which the region has its share, to be used for the transportation of dead bodies from the mortuary adding that, residents in the region should not venture going in for the services of the ambulances for the carriage of their dead relatives.
“We have been in dying need of these ambulances for a very long time, as a result my attention and focus will be on how they are operated. They will not be allowed to carry dead bodies, if you want to transport your dead from the mortuary to a destination, know the sort of vehicle to go for and not an ambulance” he stated.
He thanked the president of the republic H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the gesture indicating that, the vehicles will be put into judicious use in order to serve their intended purpose. The minister was happy to have received his share of the ambulances that were drove to the forecourt of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Administrator of the Ambulance service in the region, Mr. Osumanu Mahamood has stated that, the first fleet of the ambulance were eight in number, adding that, three of them were detected of electrical fault and have been returned to the manufactures to be worked on and was optimistic that within the next 14 working days they will also be drove into the region.
He further revealed that, two more will be sent to the region later aside the eleven and one will be given to the University for Development Studies Wa Campus now (UBIDS) and the other sent to the Wa airport, stressing that, the cry of the people of the Upper West Region for ambulances has been heeded.
The ambulances received were part of the share of the government promised one constituency one ambulance which the Nana Addo led NPP government recently honoured. Prior to the 2016 general elections, the NPP as part of other promises assured the citizens of Ghana that they were going to give every constituency an ambulance and when the party assumes the affairs of the country, it made it no more a day dream but a reality.