The Ministry of Health has acquired 38 more ambulances in efforts to boost emergency medical services in the country.
It should be recalled that the government had earlier purchased 10 ambulances for the Red Cross section to be able to respond to all medical emergency needs along the major highways in Uganda and these were flagged off by Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
The senior public relations manager at the ministry, Emmanuel Ainebyoona has confirmed that the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine will today receive the first batch of 15 ambulances that were purchased using the funds appropriated by government under the COVID-19 supplementary budget.
Ainebyoona also revealed that the second batch of 18 ambulances is on its way from Mombasa.
“The third batch of 5 ambulances is type C (2 road Intensive Care ambulances and 3 water boat ambulances) and this will arrive first week of December,” Ainebyoona added.
He further noted that the ambulances are expected to be placed at regional call and dispatch centres to enable quick and timely evacuations of patients.