Dr. Archibald Yao Latsa (Photo By Sir DY – IGNews)
By: Akpabli Daniel Yao/IGnews/Ho/VR
The Volta Regional Minister Dr. Yao Archibald Letsa has charged the Municipal and District Chief Executives and Supervisors to monitor drivers of the new ambulances in their respective Municipal and Districts closely to ensure that, the ambulances are put to their desire use but shouldn’t carry things for customs to worry them.
He directed the Municipal and District Chief Executives to take a special personal interest in the management of the ambulances to ensure that Officers and Supervisors of the National Ambulance service effectively supervise and monitor the operation of the Ambulances.
Dr. Letsa send this warning at the handing over ceremony of a total of Eighteen (18) New ambulances funded by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives to be distributed to the various municipal and Districts assemblies across the Volta Region in the regional capital Ho.
According to the Minster, the ceremony is to officially handover the buses to the MDA’s after the commissioning of them at the national level by the President of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.
He said, he and the good people of the Volta Region as well as other regions are happy this unique intervention by government has brought a great relief to us adding that many lives which have been needlessly loss as a result of lack of ambulances will become a thing of the past.
He debunk issues making rounds that he is re-commissioning the ambulances assigned to the Volta Region saying he is only handing over the buses to the various MDA’s.
“There is nothing wrong with the ambulances coming to the Regional Coordinating Council for us to receive them and hand them over to be taken care off by the Assemblies. Anybody who criticize this has a problem and needs to be taken to Synagogue for deliverance ” he said.
He said when a president commissions at the national level, the people of Ghana, many of whom might not have watched on television or read newspapers also needs to know what has happened as he noted that, this has never happened in the history of the Volta Region before.
He noted that the provision of the ambulances is not only in fulfillment of a promise but also in fulfillment of government commitment to equipping the National Ambulance Service to effectively respond to emergencies
He said prior to the commissioning of these 307 ambulances, the national ambulances service has only 55 ambulances serving the entire country which he said was woefully inadequate with the Volta Region having only one (1) serving the entire region.
He further commended the commanding officer of the 66 Artinary Regiment for being of a great help to the region with their ambulance in times of emergency.
”last week we had an emergency in Kpando and we have to be struggling with ambulances to send this senior public officer to Korlebu for medical treatment. We had an accident and had to bring an ambulance from police hospital to carry the people to the police hospital, so when a government has decided to give us eighteen (18) ambulances and we don’t want to be happy about it, what can this be called?” He lamented.
He again advised the drivers on issues of over speeding and any form of careless driving saying if this is done, we can ensure that the Ambulances remain long enough on our roads to serve our people.
“The drivers must also respond properly to all calls and requests in order to save lives” he said