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The World Bank has donated 30 ambulances to the Ministry of Public Health


May 24, 2024

BUJUMBURA, May 22nd (ABP) – The Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS (MSPLS), Mrs Lyduine Baradahana, received a donation of 30 ambulances from the World Bank on Tuesday, 21 May 2024, as part of the management of Covid-19, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.

Minister Baradahana said that of those 30 ambulances, 8 will be distributed to district hospitals, 21 to communal hospitals and one ambulance to civil protection. The value of those ambulances is USD 2,500,000.

She appealed to the heads of communal and district hospitals to make drivers aware of the need to maintain them properly, adding that it is forbidden to drink drugs or alcohol while driving those vehicles.

Minister Baradahanaa took the opportunity to inform the people that those ambulances are arriving during the cholera outbreak period in certain neighbourhoods, specifically Tenga and Bwiza, in Bujumbura city. She said that the ambulances were an asset for managing the epidemic, urging patients to take advantage of the ambulances instead of using public transport services such as taxis and buses, so as not to contaminate others.

In the event of a cholera-related emergency, the public can call the 109 number of the Red Cross and the 113 number for protection.