By Danny Estacio
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has dispatched 98 brand new land ambulances to nine various hospitals in the region to augment the much-needed COVID-19 response and other emergency situations.
“These emergency vehicles will be used in responding to the present pandemic, in preparation for a surge or second wave of the virus, for the new normal, for the Balik-Probinsya program, and for the next epidemic/pandemic,” DOH-4A regional director Eduardo C. Janairo said.
The ambulances were procured by DOH-4A under the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) which aims to improve health facilities and special service delivery units in rural areas.
The recipients of the first tranche of ambulances are Imus District Hospital in Cavite; San Pedro District Hospital and Sta. Rosa Community Hospital in Laguna; Don Manuel Lopez Memorial District Hospital and Malainin Barangay Health Station in Batangas; Antipolo Hospital System IV (Mambugan) and Rodriguez Rural Health Unit 2 in Rizal; Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital, and San Narciso Municipal Hospital in Quezon.
“These will be distributed to priority areas in need of emergency vehicles. Kasama na dito ang pagbibigay ng training sa mga personnel na mag-operate at maghahandle sa mga ambulansya,” Janairo said.
“Importante na mayroong silang proper knowledge sa essential life support, gaya ng cardiopulmonary resuscitation o CPR,” he added.
“An ambulance driver must be able to travel in any given traffic situations with caution and readiness and without risking the safety of the public or the patient. He should also ensure that the vehicle is sufficiently fueled and complete with the necessary medical supplies,” Janairo said.
He also reminded hospital officials to use the ambulances only to transport sick or injured patients requiring immediate medical treatment.
“Huwag natin itong gawing service ng opisina o personal na sasakyan. Iwasan din natin na magpabayad o maningil ng pang gasolina sa paggamit ng mga pasyente ng ambulansya. These actions are contrary to law and public policy,” he added.