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General News of Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Source: adomonline.com

15.8 million Euros wasted on defected ambulances

It has been established that 200 ambulances procured at a cost of 15.8million have been left to rot.

National Ambulance Ambassador and host of Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem, Captain Smart disclosed this on the show’s anti-corruption segment, Fabewoso Wednesday.

The first consignment of 30 ambulances supplied by Big Sea Trading LLC has been found to be unfit for use.

A former Minister for Health, Alban Bagbin on February 19, 2015 is said to have signed the contract on behalf of the government of Ghana for the supply of 200 ambulances.

Reports say the ministry identified some defects on the ambulance upon their arrival.

For instance, they have no medical equipment on board with no working lights on the bodies as well as wrong specification of base units said to be not suitable for ambulances.

There has been a public outcry over lack of ambulances, following the death of former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur at the 37 Military Hospital.

He died on arrival after being rushed to the facility at the back seat of a Pick-UP vehicle after he collapsed at the Airforce Gym on Friday, 29 June 2018 during a routine workout.

“I don’t want to go into part of the detail because there is an investigation ongoing. Some of the delay I believe was caused by some of the manufacturers because no contract was signed and no payment was made under my tenure”, he said.

According to him, he requested, through a letter to the Ministry of Finance indicating, that no further payment should be made till issues of the ambulances were clarified when he was first briefed over the issue.