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Jun 12, 2015

Western Regional Hospital Finally Receives New Ambulance

The Ministry of Health has been plagued by ambulance complaints; hospitals either don’t have ambulances or the ones that they do have aren’t working properly. The list of reports about these issues include patients waiting for hours for the ambulance to arrive and they have to use their personal vehicles or that the ambulance malfunctions whilst transferring patients to the hospital. One hospital that has faced public flogging on ambulance issues is the Western Regional Hospital. Well, we probably won’t hear too many of those problems right now at that hospital. Today, the Western Regional and BERT were each gifted with a brand new fully equipped ambulance.  The ambulances are courtesy of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development’s Road Safety Project which is financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). This initiative, which is part of a long term plan to improve road safety Belize, falls within the Road Accident Emergency Services Component to support the improvement of post-crash trauma care along the George price Highway Demonstration Corridor.

 

Yvonne Hyde

Yvonne Hyde, C.E.O., Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

“The procurement of these two type-three ambulances is therefore very timely. Our aim is to reduce deaths and serious injuries on Belize’s road system by twenty percent by the end of 2016. The concept of placing the ambulances on both ends of the Road Safety Corridor is understandable given the location of the two receiving hospitals. A rapid and timely intervention is what is being looked at by the professionals in the area. Current data suggests that most collisions occur between miles one and twenty-four and miles thirty-four and fifty-two. Therefore in order to effect greater coverage of the road corridor, the ambulances should be strategically posted and I am sure that this will continue between the team at the Ministry of Health, the hospital and BERT.”

 

According to the Ministry of Health on Road Safety, Belize recorded a high number of road deaths in 2012, that’s about nineteen traffic deaths per one hundred thousand inhabitants – a statistic that Belize aims to reduce by twenty percent by next year.

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3 Responses for “Western Regional Hospital Finally Receives New Ambulance”

  1. contrerass this says:

    what’s the latest on the Benque Viejo ambulance?
    No news on Ch5 since February 2014.

    Still in Guatemala?

    Let’s trade!

    one broken ambulance for one broke down Guatemalan military vessel

    Ticker tape parade, invite the Italians who gave us the free ambulance we can’t fix, or own, or hocked.

  2. Rod says:

    It just to show you duncy belizeans just how much your gov cares about you they can’t even buy an ambulance but they can waste all the money giving away ham and turkey for votes that should tell you something right there damm wake up

  3. Belizean For Life says:

    The deal with these new units is, ppl forget to change oil often enough, then filters clog up and the engine will be overhauled because lack of oil pressure. If filters and engine oil is changed frequently then these engines last a long time. So i hope to see these units on the road for longer than just ONE yr.

    Yes i said ONE year. Good luck Western Regional Hospital. Keep er between the ditches n right side up n the 5 Rs. Right Fuel, Right Oil, Right Driver, Right Manager, Right Medics. God bless.

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