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Sep 7, 2018

An Ambulance is Donated to Boost Emergency Services in Southern Belize

There is limited number of ambulances to serve patients in southern Belize, but that number grew by one today.  With assistance from the Rotary Club of Edmonton, Canada and the Rotary Club of Dangriga, Southern Emergency Services sourced yet another medical van to provide emergency medical services to residents of Stann Creek. In March of this year, the Southern Regional Hospital was gifted an ambulance and this new donation is expected to improve ambulatory services. With assistance from the U.S., a cargo vessel landed just after midday at the Phillip Goldson International Airport and delivered the ambulance.


Diane Williams

Diane Williams, Rotary Club of Dangriga

“What we do in Stann Creek, the Rotary Club of Dangriga we look at what is needed in that area and we saw the need for an ambulance service down there because sometimes you have pregnant women that need to get to the hospital but there is no means of transportation so they have to catch a ride in the back of a vehicle. So we say it is important that we get ambulances in the area to help with this. So Doctor Roman and Sandra McDonald was in Belize and we met with them and they were very interested in sending ambulances to Belize.”


Rose Smith

Rose Smith, Director, Southern Emergency Services

“Southern Emergency Services came about over the death of a very good friend. We had friends who had their father staying with them doing a barbecue, dropped and no one to call. Took him to hospital in the back of a truck and took him directly to the morgue. The realization that we too are getting older and there truly was no one to call in the area that was going to be there within the hour. We’ve had had incidents where we are doing a transfer from southern regional into Karl Heusner and we have a second call even before we get back. We are just hoping that this will enhance our ability to better serve the area with a second unit as well. We have been authorised to service Stann Creek; we can go down to Toledo at their request. So if PG clinic or if Independence or someone calls us, we are allowed to go down into that area.”

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