In a bid to strengthen emergency services in the country, the Japanese Government has today donated to Uganda four firefighting trucks, four ambulances, one command vehicle — the first of its kind in the country — and a rescue car.
The equipment was received by the Minister of State for Primary Health Care Joyce Moriku Kaducu at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.
According to Minister Kaducu, in Uganda currently, there is only 173 functional Government ambulances out of the 450 that are required.
The donated equipment, she said, will reduce on the mortality rate that occurs as a result of emergencies especially on the roads.
“7 out of 10 cases in Uganda especially those who have died are due to emergency conditions and they require functional ambulances and certainly this support can reduce the mortality that is related to emergency conditions,” said the Minister.
The donated equipment will help in case of any disaster especially fire outbreaks, road accidents that require emergency services.
” In Uganda as you are all aware, we have a lot of problems with our roads. There are traffic road accidents, there are fire outbreaks, there are water boat accidents and other emergencies. They are becoming very common and this certainly requires us to be prepared and this is one of the preparations that we are ensuring,” she said.
Kaducu added that the ambulances will be distributed in accordance with the national policy while fire fighters will be placed at regional fire brigade centres.
The ambulances and fire fighter teams she said will be trained by the Japanese Fire Fighters Association and this will be in two weeks’ time.
She appealed for more donations over the rising cases of emergencies in the country.
“I request for more donations because the demand is really quiet high. We have a deficit of over 200 and this is type B ambulances. We need more of type C ambulances.
Mrs Hamida Kibirige, the Executive Director Japan Africa Development Limited who officially handed the equipment over to the Minister expressed optimism that the equipment will improve emergency services in the country and called for its well maintenance.