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IMPROVING HEALTHCARE DELIVERY- 12 new district hospitals and 200 ambulances to be procured.

By Ministry of Information
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Cabinet has approved a financing agreement for the construction of 12 district hospitals and technical training institutions. The agreement is also for the supply of 2 air ambulances, 50 mobile clinics, 10 educative mobile units and 200 ambulance cars.

A statement signed by Deputy Minister for Information, James Agyenim-Boateng, says the financing agreement is between the Republic of Ghana and OPUS 7 S.R.O Satov of Austria.

“The expected construction of new hospitals and supply of mobile clinics and ambulances reflect the Mills administration's commitment to improving our health infrastructure with a view to enhancing healthcare delivery across the country”, he explained.

According to the Deputy Information Minister, the promise of an action year as proclaimed by President J. E. A. Mills and his explanation that the country will experience major infrastructural development is on course.

The statement made reference to page 21 of the Government's 50 top achievements book and noted that the expected supply of additional 200 ambulance cars and 2 air ambulances is in fulfillment of government's pledge to scale up and expand the National Ambulance Service to all district capitals.

The Service presently has 24 fully functioning ambulance stations and the delivery of more cars and the expected completion of training for 400 Emergency Medical Technicians will enable the Service open more stations across the country.

Mr. Agyenim-Boateng said a National Ambulance Service Bill would soon be laid before parliament to promulgate a law to regulate the service.

[January 18, 2011]

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