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Newly-commissioned ambulances cost $133,000 each – Minister

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Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, says each of the 307 new ambulances commissioned Tuesday, by President Akufo-Addo, was procured at $133,000.

According to her, the amount for each of the ambulances includes all procurement processes and insurance.

“Each of the ambulances cost $133,000 with two years warranty and full premium insurance being handled by a local company,” the Minister revealed on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

All the ambulances have fully been dispatched to their respective locations, she added.

“All the Ambulances dispatched were fully furnished except for the 32 extra which will be sent to the headquarters of the National Ambulance Service,” she added.

According to her, all the ambulances would be taken to the regions for inventory before they are handed over to the Constituencies without any funfair on their arrival.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, handed 307 brand new ambulances to the Health Ministry following a grand ceremony at the Black Star Square in Accra.

Fitted with advanced life support equipment and tracking devices, the ambulances will be distributed to all the 275 constituencies in the country.

Speaking at a ceremony to commission the vehicles, President Akufo-Addo said the ambulances will be managed by the National Ambulance Service and the remaining 32 will be kept at the Service’s Headquarters.

“This means that as against the scenario whereby one ambulance served approximately 524,000 people at the end of December 2016, today we have a much-improved ratio of one ambulance serving approximately 84,000 people,” the President said.

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