The Emergency Services Policy that was passed by the cabinet will only allow ambulances starting with Type B. Politicians especially Members of Parliaments have been donating ambulances as one of the ways to attract voters. Most of the ambulances fall in Type A, which are only considered transport vehicles.
Type B ambulances are fitted with equipment to offer oxygen therapy, nebulization, monitoring of vital parameters, and automatic external defibrillation for diagnosing life-threatening heartbeats. While flagging off the Ambulances, the Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said that there was a need for a functional Ambulance system in Kampala with high-tech facilities like the Ambulances that have been launched.
Lukwago also said that Kampala needs over 70 Ambulances for a robust system to handle the emerging challenges but they only have 12.