By Ivan Mwine
The government of Uganda has through the Ministry of Health procured 11 water ambulances, which will be used to respond to emergencies on Lake Victoria and other Uganda’s water bodies.
The arrival of the ambulances, which have since landed in Uganda and are set to be deployed soon, was announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, also the Kamuli District Woman Member or Parliament, who wrote on twitter thus;
“On behalf of the 10th Parliament, which lobbied hard and budgeted for the Boat Ambulances, am very happy for the island communities. The Boat Ambulances were finally purchased and will improve accessibility of services on the main land.”
According to officials from the Ministry of Health, these state of the art ambulances will be stationed in islands such as Kalangala, Buvuma etc to ensure timely access to medical care.
According to the health ministry’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the funds used in the procurement of the boats were acquired from Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
It should however be noted that the demand for ambulances has been heightened as the country tackles the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Sunday, Uganda’s COVID-19 recoveries had passed the 1,000 mark in a day, bringing the country’s cumulative recoveries to 67,144 and number of deaths to 2,425, out of 91, 162 total cumulative cases.