Hohoe Municipal Hospital Ambulance returns to working condition

By Lorlornyofm April 19, 2017 10:42

Hohoe Municipal Hospital Ambulance returns to working condition

The ambulance at the service of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital is back in working condition almost two years after it broke down.

At a brief meeting with the staff of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital to hand over the repaired ambulance, the Member of Parliament for Hohoe constituency, Dr. Mrs Bernice Adiku Heloo revealed the vehicle had its engine broken down and had to be replaced.

The unavailability of the vehicle, which was donated by the MP with the help of a Germany-based non-governmental organization in 2014 got residents of the municipality asking questions as to the whereabouts of the ambulance.

A number of them alleged the donation made by the MP was a political gimmick, and that the ambulance had been sent back to where it was borrowed from, while others alleged it was sold by management of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital.

The comments, the Member of Parliament said were demoralising, but insisted that such comments will not push her to relinquish her generosity.

“The comments were very devastating. She has sold the ambulance! I brought the ambulance myself and nobody asked me, but very, very bad comments. It is part of life. Even Jesus Christ was crucified, how much more a mere woman like me,” she lamented

Dr. Mrs. Adiku Heloo called on residents of the municipality to adhere to rules and regulations governing the use of the ambulance, so it serves the purpose for which it was brought.

“Some people taught because the MP brought it, it has to be free of charge. It is not possible for me to do that. I don’t have resources to run a free ambulance service.

“I have brought the ambulance, but the servicing lies in the hands of the users. Just like any service in life, you have to pay something, and we are even narrowing it down to say that you pay for the fuel and some little additional cost. We are not charging commercial fares.

“It is my hope that we will all eschew that mentality that has always been with us.

“Not only in relation to the ambulance, but other services; that things that belong to the government are not for us, therefore, it must be free. It is not done anywhere. Otherwise, when it breaks down again there is no way we can bring it back to road. This is our own hospital, and we have to ensure it runs.”

The Medical Superintendent of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital, Dr. Pius Mensah mentioned fuelling of the ambulance to transport patients as a challenge, adding the hospital had on a number of occasions absorbed fuelling fee meant to be paid by patients from the hospital’s limited resources.

He also said a greater number of patients who needed the services of the ambulance were unwilling to pay the required fee with the excuse that it was donated by the Member of Parliament.

“When a patient is referred, and we ask the patient to buy fuel into the ambulance, it is going to be an issue, because this is our MPs ambulance. Where the money comes from for fuel, it is MPs ambulance.”

Dr. Mensah proposed a broad stakeholders meeting to deliberate on the prudent management of the ambulance.




Story by Geoffrey Gah-Mensah

By Lorlornyofm April 19, 2017 10:42
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