Improving Health Care Delivery in Ghana: CRS Presents 'rural' ambulances and modified tricycles to GHS and NAS
Catholic Relief Service of Ghana has presented tricycles, rural ambulances and health commodity delivery vans in support of Ghana Health Service and National Ambulance Service under its flagship program, rural emergency health service and transportation for system development dubbed ‘Rest4D program' to improve health delivery system in the country.
Forty (40) modified tricycles and commodity delivery vans were presented to Ghana Health Service and National Ambulance Service for onwards distribution to some selected districts in Northern Ghana. The districts includes: Northern, North East, Upper East and Savannah regions.
Catholic Relief Service, humanitarian organization is supporting the poor and vulnerable in society in the area of health, education, migration and also livelihood empowerment programs through pro-poor policies.
Essential facilities including modified ambulances were handed over to the regional health Authorities on Tuesday 18th May 2021 at the NOBISCO Park in the Sagnarigu Municipality.
Between 2014 -2020, Catholic Relief Service has invested $15m to support health care delivery system in over 600 communities across 12 districts and 154 health facilities in Northern Ghana.
In an interview with saganitvonline.com, the country director, Daniel Mumuni disclosed that the rural community based ambulances have directly averted over 7,000 maternal and new born deaths in the communities within the phase II of the intervention.
The Northern Regional Minister Alhassan Sayibu Saani who graced the presentation ceremony on behalf of the Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said, the efforts and investments by the catholic Relief Service are in line with 2030 Sustainable development goals. According to the minister, the initiative by the CRS will complement government's efforts in providing ambulance service all over the country to facilitate referrals.
The Minister also expressed delight that CRS is providing rural ambulances to support the national ambulance service and creation of emergency dispatch centers to ensure integrated management approach to emergencies in the country.
Meanwhile, the minister has indicated that Government is on cause to construct 145 new ambulance stations to ensure all 275 constituencies have ambulance stations, adding that government have also recruited more than 1,000 emergency medical technicians to improve the human resource based of the National Ambulance Service.
On his part, the Regional health director Dr. John B. Eleeza, has lauded Catholic Relief Service for their gesture towards improving health care delivery system in Ghana