A health focused NGO, Care Net Ghana (CNG), has introduced a Tricycle ambulance service in four communities in the Akatsi South and North Districts of the Volta Region.
A health focused NGO, Care Net Ghana (CNG), has introduced a tricycle ambulance service in four communities in the Akatsi South and North Districts of the Volta Region. It is an intervention on the transportation meltdown in the Akatsi Districts’ health system. One might begin to wonder how efficient these ambulances would be.
However, recent reports reveal that the tricycle ambulances are well equipped with the anticipated equipment that should be found in an ambulance. This is ranging from first aid facilities, stretchers, fans, seats, microphones to drip hooks and others.
The NGO had organised an event for the handing over of a community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound, to the districts. It was during the event that the Executive Director of CNG, Mr Patrick Ahumah-Ocansey, presented the ambulances to the District Health directorates.
The CHPS is said to have cost about €80,000, and it has health care facilities for the workers. These include laboratory and store, a ward and two bedroom apartments with kitchen, and a consulting room. It also has 24 hour water supply.
The purpose of the Tricycle ambulance service according to CNG Executive Director is to address the problem of transportation which was a huge impediment on the communities’ maternity healthcare. He said that although these health facilities in Akatsi districts are well equipped to handle even the most complicated labour cases, there’s the problem of transporting these women to the facilities during labour.
Reports revealed that pregnant women are always reluctant to transport themselves to the health facilities in the districts due to the high cost of transportation, and the introduction of these tricycle ambulances hopes to avert the situation.
Mr Ahumah-Ocansey said the Tricycle ambulance service project would run for two years and it included training of men and women in the districts on maternal health and income generating activities.
The ambulance service project which cost about €300,000, was also supported by ANESVAD, another health focused NGO.