Dispatch of motorbike responders sought

SENATOR Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. proposed a measure that all public and private hospitals dispatch “rescue-in-tandem” motorcycle first responders to reduce response time and improve health care in  rural and urban areas.

He filed a bill 1120 or an “Act Mandating All Public and Private Medical Institutions and Hospitals to Provide for Motorcycle Medical Emergency First-Responders,” recognizing the urgent need to provide medical response to both medical patients and victims of vehicular accidents.

The veteran legislator pointed out that as traffic gets worse every day, emergency response is often delayed because ambulances are trapped in heavy traffic jam.

In under-served and unserved far-flung and mountainous areas, many suffer serious illnesses and injuries without being attended to by medical personnel. In some areas, committed medical personnel have to walk long distances for several hours just to service these far-flung areas.

Revilla believes that motorcycle first responders can “radically” reduce response time and improve patient care anywhere in the Philippines, since they can offer an easier navigation on the road by weaving through traffic.

“Kada segundo, mahalaga sa pagliligtas ng buhay. Kaya dapat nating maabot yung mga kababayan natin na nasa malalayong lugar na ‘di maabot ng mga eksperto, lalo na ‘yung mga kailangan ng agarang pagtugon sa mga aksidente sa kalsada,” Revilla said.