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Government procures 10 ambulances for major Highways

By Juliet Kasirye

Added 29th September 2020 06:46 PM

The ambulances procured have all the basic equipment to effectively pick people on the site of an accident.

Government procures 10 ambulances for major Highways

(L-R) Mary Karooro Okurut, DR Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister handing over ambulances to Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross as Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health looks on. Photos by Juliet Kasirye

The ambulances procured have all the basic equipment to effectively pick people on the site of an accident.

HEALTH|EMERGENCY RESPONSE|AMBULANCES|HIGHWAYS

Government has procured ten ambulances worth Sh2b to provide emergency response activities along major highways across the country.

These include, Kampala-Jinja highway, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale highway, Gulu highway, Mbale -Soroti highway, Kampala- Hoima highway, Kampala- Fort portal highway and Kampala- Lira highway.

"The position of where the ambulances will be stationed will depend on the hotspot areas of different major regional Highways," said Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General, Uganda Red Cross.

Some of the hotspots include, Kigumba on Kampala- Gulu highway, Lugazi on Kampala-Jinja highway among others.

The remarks were made during the commissioning of ambulances at the Office of the Prime Minister, in Kampala on Friday.

Since the selected highways are considered hotspots areas that are prone to accidents, Kwesiga explained that these ambulances will help to support emergency evacuations of accident victims and other related emergency cases.

An aerial view of ambulances handed over to Uganda Red Cross at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.


At the accident scene, Kwesiga added: "the health volunteers will give immediate support to stabilize the patient, and also provide emergency care until the person reaches the hospital."

According to the Red Cross, they monthly on average receive about 21 calls to respond to health-related emergency cases.

Through annual budget appropriation to Government ministries and departments, in the financial year 2019/2020, Uganda Red Cross received a funding worth Sh9.35 billion through the ministry of health.

Part of the funding was allocated towards procurement of ambulances, construction of Health Centre III in Bunambutye to support the families which relocated to Bududa, while the remaining funds were directed towards blood donation mobilization and relief of nonfood item kits to respond to disaster affected families.

Since the Government considered supporting the Red Cross, Kwesiga explained: "This is in fulfillment of the Uganda Red Cross auxiliary role to Government authorities in providing humanitarian services."

Some of the services Red Cross offers include, improving health, preventing diseases and mitigation human suffering of the most vulnerable people.

Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health addressing journalists during the flagging off of ambulances.


According to Diana Atwine, permanent secretary, in the Ministry of Health, emergency services are vital because they save lives.

"The ambulances procured have all the basic equipment to effectively pick people on the site of an accident. These ambulances will also be linked to a call Centre which is configured with the police operation system for emergency response," stated Atwine.

Since Red Cross has a huge number of people they train in volunteer services, Atwine revealed that they are going to strengthen this partnership to make sure that emergency services are well responded too.

"Thank you, Red Cross, for being a trustworthy partner. You have clearly demonstrated your efficiency, commitment and value for money," appreciated Atwine.

While flagging off the ambulances, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister, explained that, "this is the first step that will assure Ugandans that incase any one has a problem on the road or a related emergency, there is a reference Centre that can be referred to for purposes of quick rescue and quick health care."


Rugunda has assured the Government's willingness and readiness to provide more support to RedCross and other institutions that support the population in service delivery.

Because the Government has trusted the Red Cross to manage these ambulances, Rugunda advised Red Cross staff, emergency care technicians, trained Health volunteers to put the ambulances into proper use, saying they are accountable to Ugandans.

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