DOH gives ambulances to CALABARZON hospitals

THE Department of Health (DOH)-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) distributed the first batch of land ambulances to nine hospitals in the region to augment the much-needed COVID-19 response and other emergency situations.

Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH regional director said they procured a total of 98 ambulances under the Health Facility Enhancement Program which aims to improve health facilities and special service delivery units in the rural areas. The first batch was distributed to hospitals last May 22.

“These emergency vehicles will be used in responding to the present pandemic, in preparation for a surge or second wave of the virus, preparing for the new normal, preparing for the Balik-Probinsya program and preparing for the next epidemic/pandemic,” he said.

Among the recipients of the first tranche of brand new 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; and Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital and San Narciso Municipal Hospital in Quezon.

Janairo said the ambulances will be distributed to priority areas in need of emergency vehicles, adding that personnel who will operate the ambulances will be trained.

“Importante na mayroongs ilang proper knowledge sa essential life support, gayang cardiopulmonary resuscitation o CPR. 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. They should also ensure that the vehicle is sufficiently fueled and complete with the necessary medical supplies,” he stressed.

Janairo also reminded hospital officials to use the ambulances as intended -- to transport sick or injured patients requiring immediate medical treatment.

“Huwag natin itong gawing service ng opisina o personal nasasakyan.Iwasan din natin namagpabayad o maningil ng pang-gasolina sa paggamit ng mga pasyenteng ambulansya. These actions are contrary to law and public policy,” he warned.

The land ambulances will augment the much-needed COVID-19 response and other emergency situations. The hospitals also received LED TV sets with flash drive containing COVID-19 IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials to be used in the information dissemination campaign.