The residents were forced to spend between 300,000/- and 500,000/- for hiring to the St Francis Designated Hospital in Ifakara, Kilombero District over 50 kms away.
Luipilo Division has more than 36,000 residents but is served by only one health centre.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony of the ambulance at Lupilo health centre, the Ulanga Member of Parliament Goodluck Mlinga said the government has donated the vehicle following a long time request for an ambulance.
Mlinga used the occasion to warn the health centre’s management that the vehicle should be used for the intended purpose and not otherwise, such as using it for carrying charcoal, rice from farms, adding that stern measures will be taken against those who will be found misusing it including dismissal.
“This ambulance has facilities for emergency aid to patients who are being rushed to the hospital, it is also fitted with communication equipment that shows its location wherever it is, hence any other use than carrying patients will be known and the health centre’s Doctor in Charge will be answerable,” said Mlinga.
Earlier, speaking about the challenges they had Lupilo ward Councillor Madunda Mkalimoto thanked president Magufuli and the MP for the ambulance.
He said lack of an ambulance for the ward had caused the death of one person while he was being rushed to St Francis Hospital in Kilombero District.
Elizabeth Isaya, a Lupilo resident said some pregnant women who needed surgery during delivery have died due to lack of transport.
Doctor in Charge of Lupilo Health centre, Dr iddi Kibwana said the ambulance is a big savior especially to pregnant women and promised to supervise its use and thanked the MP for his efforts in assisting the centre including funds for its major renovations.