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Health Ministry Receives State-of-the-art Ambulances, Firefighting Equipment From Japan

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has received 10 ambulances and firefighting equipment (trucks) from the Japanese Government in order to boost Emergency Medical Services in Uganda.

State Minister for Health in charge of Primary Health Care, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu checks out one of the new ambulances

The equipment received includes; 1 command vehicle, the first of its kind and 1 rescue car were handed over on Wednesday morning at the ministry headquarters in Kampala.

While receiving the equipment, the State Minister for Health in charge of Primary Health Care, Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu said, “the ambulances will be distributed according the National Ambulance Policy and will boost our response to disasters and emergencies.”

Moriku also paid tribute to her bosses, Health Minister Jane Aceng and PS Diana Atwine for their leadership in making sure they attract such gestures of goodwill to promote access to health.

The firefighting equipment will be deployed at regional centres while the firefighters will receive training from the Japanese Firefighters Association.

Officials from Africa Truckers were also present to witness the handover.

While receiving the equipment on behalf of Uganda Police Force, Asst. Commissioner, Kihanda Hassan committed to effective usage and bring services closer to the people.

Some of the ambulances that were donated

He added that the donation is “in our goal of extending emergency services to the people.”

Hamida Kibirige of Japan – Africa Development, asked the ministry to ensure the trucks and ambulances are efficiently maintained.

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