ILOILO –Six Hyundai Grand Starex ambulances from Medipeace are finally here to boost the emergency medical system of four select district hospitals and two rural health units.
Hospital Management Office of the provincial government is currently processing the insurance and registration of these vehicles in the Land Transportation Office in Iloilo City.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said that as soon as the registration is complete Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. will formally turnover the ambulances to its recipients.
Costing around P1.5-million each, the ambulance from Medipeace will provide the rural health unit of Miagao and Concepcion the capacity to respond to any medical emergencies, especially during calamities.
It will also strengthen the referral system of Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan, Ramon D. Duremdes District Hospital in Dumangas, Rep. Pedro G. Trono Memorial Hospital in Guimbal, and Sara District Hospital in Sara.
“We are waiting for some documents from the Bureau of Customs in Metro Manila before we can proceed to the registration of these vehicles in LTO,” confirmed Anne Marie Doromal, Validation Inspector II of the Hospital Management Office.
Doromal added that once these are turned over, the recipients have to secure a permit to operate from the Department of Health before they can utilize the ambulances.
“These ambulances have all the features required by DOH so it will definitely pass their standard. Each ambulance can also accommodate six people including the driver, patient, and nursing attendants,” she said.
The ceremonial turnover of the keys of these ambulances to the governor has been held during the visit of Medipeace Representative Dr. Dong Youb Suh in Iloilo on December 12, 2016.
These were in addition to the three ambulances Medipeace provided the province in November 2015. (END)