Gov’t to Set up National Ambulance Service Centre

The lack of a very effective ambulance system is one of the challenges that is still faced by the health sector in Uganda which has left many Ugandans unable to access health services in cases of emergency.

Many patients in especially in rural areas have ended up losing their lives after failing to access ambulance services to the nearby health centres and in times of referral.

This according to the Minister of Primary Health Care, see Sarah Opendi has prompted President Museveni to make a number of pledges on the ambulances to several health facilities in the country.

“We have managed to fulfil some of them but we still have a challenge that even when we give health facilities these ambulances, ampoule they remain sometime not operational because they don’t have money to maintain them and challenges of fuel, and ” Opendi told ChimpReports at Parliament on Thursday.

Opendi noted that the Ministry is currently in advanced stages of setting up the Uganda National Ambulance Service.

“We are currently trying to recruit the staff and we hope once that is done we shall be able to proceed to have the policy passed by Cabinet,” Opendi said.

“What we want is to have ambulances as a standalone service from the health facility so that this abuse and lack of fuel is sorted.”

“We intend to have various call centres in different places and the ambulances shall be put in the specific locations within the districts; so that if there is a need for an ambulance, it would be just a call away to the call centre and it should be able to find a nearest ambulance to pick up the patient.”

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