Ministry of Health To Set Up Ambulance Services Directorate

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), has hinted on plans to establish a directory of ambulances that will see services being expanded to other hard to reach jurisdictions in a bid to strengthen the health sector’s emergency response capacity

By Michael Gwarisa

Briefing delegates during a donation of eight ambulances from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Health and Childcare Deputy Minister, Dr John Mangwiro said the directory will encompass both air and surface ambulance services.

My ministry is in the process of restructuring and subsequently, there is going to be a directorate of ambulance services. This director of ambulance services will consist of two departments, that surface and air ambulances. The surface ambulances will consist of two types, one that will be stationed at health institutions and the other one will be operating along the country’s major highways,” said Dr Mangwiro.

The move is set to reduce preventable deaths from road accidents and other emergency as citizens will be getting emergency health services rendered on time.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a shortage of functioning ambulances, and currently has a fleet of 134 ambulances out of 200 that are required in the country.



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