About 40 of the 130 ambulances procured for the National Ambulance Service in 2010, have been grounded at its workshop.
Although the vehicles have outlived their usefulness, the service is compelled to repair them for use but that too is constrained by lack of funds.
The remaining 90 ambulances are woefully inadequate for effective health care delivery in the country.
Speaking on XYZ Breakfast show this morning, The Chief Executive officer of the NAS, Professor Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah said some of the ambulances were parked at the workshop because they had exceeded their lifespan while others have developed major faults.
“The lifespan, of every emergency vehicle is normally five years, which means that the NAS needs to get a new fleet of vehicles, but we are compelled to use the old ones since we don’t have that luxury,” he said.
“The reality is that if the major faults on emergency vehicles are not fixed before use again, it may be causing more harm than good; that is why it’s better to book it out of commission rather than use it in a bad state,” he added.