The Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has taken a swipe at former President John Dramani Mahama over his recent criticism of the 307 ambulances that were distributed by the President across the country.
Mr Mahama, in a media interaction, described the procurement and distribution of the 307 new ambulances as a “misplaced priority”.
The former President pointed out that the government should prioritise the building of hospitals so that when an accident happens, patients would have good facilities to be treated and not to distribute ambulances.
However, Mr Oppong Nkrumah, while briefing the media in Accra on Friday, 31 January 2020, said the former President’s comments were unfortunate and a deliberate attempt to “score political points”.
“Any investment in healthcare infrastructure or in pre-hospital emergency care is good news for Ghanaians and nobody should be deliberately be criticising it”, he said.
He went on to emphasise that the former president should be more concerned about contributing to the conversation of how to maintain these ambulances, how people are going to pay for the services of the ambulances and how to find ways to reduce prank calls.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the former President is being hypocritical, especially when he equally commissioned projects such as the acquisition of drillers and distribution of ‘headpans’ to head porters during his administration.
According to him, healthcare delivery has become an issue of huge concern in the country recently.
President Nana Akufo-Addo recently accused the Mahama-led NDC government of procuring 30 “unfit for purpose” ambulances into the country as part of some 200 which the government at the time had intended to import.
Mr Nkrumah said the NPP government, as part of its pre-election commitments to improve healthcare services in the country, procured the 307 ambulances to augment those at the National Ambulance Service.
In addition to the 307 ambulances, 300 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) drivers and support staff along with 30 dispatchers were also deployed.