HoR On Ambulance Advocacy

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The House of Representatives has forwarded to its Committee on Ways, Means & Finance, a communication from Montserrado County District 14 Representative, Muka Kamara. Plenary decision stemmed from  Representative Kamara’s communication in which he stated that budgetary allotment should be made towards the purchasing of “73 AMBULANCES” for the entire seventy-three electoral districts within the Republic of Liberia. “Honorable Speaker, as we all can recall during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus disease in 2014, our people died under circumstances due to the lack of ambulances to address health emergency. It took one man (Senator Saah Joseph) who used his personal ambulances to aid the Government of Liberia instead of the Government taking full responsibility of its obligation to ensure that ambulances were available across the country”.  Kamara’s communication noted. Rep. Kamara stated that as of today,  it can’t be verified whether or not Liberia has more than 35 functional ambulances. He thanked Senator Saah Joseph for his intervention at the He believes lack of sufficient ambulances is a national embarrassment for the country and its image. “Hon. Speaker, as we may be aware that transporting critically ill-patients for referral and/or secure these advance medical treatment has been a serious challenge for our people. If we ambulances for every district across the country, we would be doing an honorable thing for our people which is very common in other parts of the world. As Representatives of our people, I strongly feel it is important that this Honorable House of Representatives under your leadership wisely invest in this project to save lives and improve the healthcare system of our country,” he stated in his communication. The Montserrado County lawmaker believes that with the availability of these ambulances in the respective districts, the difficulties normally faced by sick people, including pregnant women and children to seek medical attention would be settled. Meanwhile, Plenary voted to send the communication to the Ways, Means & Finance Committee to review, pending the budget submission.

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