By Ben Musanje
24th May 2023
The country expects to welcome about 100 new standard ambulances before the end of this year according to the Ministry of Health.
This has been disclosed by the Commissioner Emergency Medical Services at the Health Ministry, Dr. John Nabohe during a two days Emergency Medical Services Partner Coordination Meeting organized by the ministry in partnership with Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH) and Enabel.
He says that the country has about 146 Type B and C ambulances and needs 460 ambulances for universal coverage of curbing preventable deaths arising from gaps in emergency services.
The Ministry of Health’s plan is that every 100,000 people should have one type B ambulance and each two million people should have 1 type C.
The type B ambulances are equipped with diagnostic equipment, cardio-pulmonary support equipment, monitors, and suction machine, among others while a Type C ambulance is an intensive care unit ambulance which has advanced life support equipment.
Type A ambulance is basically a patient carrier with no medical equipment but these are being phased out.