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40 NEW AMBULANES COMING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR – PROVIDED THROUGH NHF FUNDING

40 NEW AMBULANES COMING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR – PROVIDED THROUGH NHF FUNDING

Forty (40) brand new ambulances, the purchase of which is being supported with a National Health Fund (NHF) Grant of US$1.6 M, are coming for the island?s public health service. The ambulances will start arriving in December 2006 and all should be delivered by the end of January 2007.

They are being purchased from Euro Star Motors Limited and are Mercedes Benz Sprinter vehicles which are being outfitted as Intensive Care Ambulances. Ambulances are required to transfer patients to a higher level of service and they will be distributed to the Ministry of Health and across the island to all four Regional Health Authorities.

There are currently forty-one ambulances in the fleet in the public health sector, several of which will be replaced when the new ambulances arrive. Director of Emergency Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, says that there is a five year plan for the acquisition of more emergency vehicles to satisfy the needs for this service.

The new ambulances will also satisfy the requirements for Cricket World Cup. They will be utilized at Sabina Park, Trelawny Multi-Purpose Complex, practice facilities and official events.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer NHF, Tel: 906-1106

Shermaine Robotham, 997-5442

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