of Health has raised concerns about the mismanagement of ambulances.
statistics by the Ministry, there are 178 functional ambulances and 50 are
run by the local governments against the set target of 460 ambulances.
But, even the few that are available are riddled with concerns of not just poor
management but haphazard maintenance which has often put the ministry on spot.
last week, an ambulance with a patient on board caught fire leaving three dead
in Bunyangabu district, and early this year an ambulance was spotted
transporting pineapples in Ntugamo district.
Tuesday at the flagging off of six new ambulances to the districts of Ntungamo,
Wakiso, Lira, Kanungu, Manafwa, and Omoro, the Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth
Aceng said that the government still struggles to have an ambulance per
district to bridge a huge gap of emergency services in many areas.
also concerned that the Ambulance that was given to Omoro last month is
grounded. The vehicle was a donation
from Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency.
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Dr. John Bosco Waniaye the Commissioner of Emergency Services, says
that the new ambulances have been given out with clear maintenance instructions.
He explains that the ambulances should be serviced after driving for a specific
mileage but also ensure that the medical equipment fixed is checked after it
has been used.
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is working”. //
Waniaye, maintenance checks on ambulances are supposed to be done only at the regional
referral hospital workshops.
about the Bunyangabu accident, Waniaye says that they are waiting for a police
report to understand what exactly happened. He disregarded claims that the fire
could have been offset by an oxygen cylinder or any other medical equipment.
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forensic report”. //
Waniaye revealed that they are planning a training session for both drivers and
personnel such as the paramedics and biomedical engineers on safety
concerns when a patient is on the move.
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and so on”. //
The ambulances were bought by the government through a World Bank loan to handle
maternal health-related emergencies.