DOH, MMDA to discuss issue on traffic blocking emergency vehicles

Published September 11, 2019, 5:21 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday urged motorists to give way to emergency vehicles such as ambulances amid the heavy traffic.

This photo taken on July 18, 2019 shows ambulance driver Joseph Laylo driving along the South Luzon Expressway near Manila.  (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)
This photo taken on July 18, 2019 shows ambulance driver Joseph Laylo driving along the South Luzon Expressway near Manila. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Although everybody is stuck in traffic, we really have urgent situations that are matters of life and death. So, we appeal to the public to really follow proper protocol that if there is an ambulance, we should stop or give way to it,” said Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo in an interview.

Domingo stressed that ambulances need to reach the hospitals as soon as possible to save lives.

“With ambulances, every minute counts because they need to reach hospitals. Often times, a few minutes could mean life or death to patients. We hope that whenever people see ambulances, they give way and let them pass,” the health official said.

The DOH is set to have a meeting with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to discuss the issue, said Domingo.

“We will be coordinating with them so they can either remind or apprehend vehicles that are not yielding for ambulances,” said Domingo.

Recently, news agency Agence France Presse reported that many patients have died in ambulances because of heavy traffic in Metro Manila.

“Gridlock in Manila is costing lives as ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against the clock to reach the city’s hospitals,” part of the report said.

Read more: Patients die as Metro Manila traffic jams block ambulances

 
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