ILOILO – To help improve the quality of healthcare in this typhoon-stricken province, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is donating 17 ambulances, among which are for the three district hospitals.
The new ambulances will benefit patients from Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Janiuay, Dr. Ricardo Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao and Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian.
The other recipients are rural health units of the municipalities of San Rafael, Bingawan, Badiangan, Lemery, Maasin, Igbaras, Dingle, Estancia, and Oton.
PCSO will turnover each of the ambulance to the mayors and chiefs of hospitals on July 22 in a ceremony to be held in the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.
According to the Hospital Management Office, the assistance from PCSO is in addition to the ambulances procured regularly by the province for the provincial and 11 district hospitals.
Earlier this year, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. bought three new ambulances for Rep. Pedro M. Trono Memorial District Hospital in Guimbal, Ramon D. Duremdes District Hospital in Dumangas and Barotac Viejo District Hospital in Barotac Viejo.
The other hospitals have pre-existing ambulances that are still in good running condition and some are fortunate to be recipients of donations from other agencies like United Nations Population Fund.
Presently, the province is pushing for Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, Don Valerio Palmares Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Passi City and Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan to be recipients of another ambulance donation from Medipeace, a medical humanitarian non-governmental organization.
The existence of a reliable and functional ambulance is important, not only to hospitals or any medical facilities, but to the whole society as it can be used to save lives during emergencies.