RUKWA: RUKWA Regional Commissioner (RC) Mr Makongoro Nyerere has urged drivers of ambulances in the region to follow law, procedure and proper use of vehicles.
Speaking at a handover event of an ambulance to Laela Health hospital in Sumbawanga District, he ordered them to stop using the vehicles for other activities.
“I thank the sixth phase government under the leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan for the great support it has always been showing in Rukwa including in helping the health sector,” added the RC.
It was all jubilant for residents of small town of Laela, saying they have had a big challenge for ambulances arriving on time to the emergency scene.
Recently, the proposed 2023/24 budget for the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments (PO-RALG), which also unveiled the arrival of 528 ambulances to be distributed to all councils countrywide, was unanimously endorsed by the Members of Parliament.
In response to concerns expressed by lawmakers prior to the budget’s approval, the then docket’s Minister, Angellah Kairuki, stated that ambulances started arriving in the country on April 7, this year.
“During the budget estimates debate, majority of lawmakers expressed concerns about acute shortage of ambulances in their constituencies, but there is good news: we have ordered a fleet of 528 ambulances in coordination with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF,” she said.
“Earlier, we were supposed to get 407 ambulances, but with that collaboration, the number has increased in which, each council will get an ambulance and one vehicle for the management and coordination of health projects in their areas.”