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The Ministry of Health officially distributed 20 new ambulances to health facilities to improve access to health care in emergencies.
The function took place at at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s medical procurement stores in the Special Economic Zone, Masoro in Kigali City.
The 20 ambulances acquired through Imbuto Foundation under Baho Neza project, worth around Rwf 1 billion Rwandan francs and were donated to the hospitals and health centres in most need, to enhance Rwanda’s efforts in decreasing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates as one of the major goals of the Baho Neza project.
From the recent assessment done by Ministry of Health, almost half of the fleet is old and there is a gap of around 174 ambulances if these old ambulances are to be replaced to meet the Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) 4 target.
The Ministry of Health aims at ensuring that at least one ambulance is available for every 40,000 citizens. In order to reach this target, the MOH has engaged districts for more ownership in terms of planning and budgeting for new ambulances each fiscal year in order to replace the old fleet.
The beneficiaries of the new ambulances were advised to keep improving the fleet management, ensure proper maintenance of the cars and work with the districts to come up with strategic replacement plan.