DOH regional office gets sea ambulance from Japan groups

  • A regional office of the Department of Health received a sea ambulance from Japan groups
  • DOH-4-B together with Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital got the medical vehicle
  • The sea ambulance was from the Sasakawa Memorial Medical Health Foundation and the Association of Professional Motor Boat Racers of Japan

A regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) received a sea ambulance from two groups from Japan.

The DOH in Region 4-B (DOH-4-B) together with Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital (CSGH) received the first sea ambulance donated and funded by the Sasakawa Memorial Medical Health Foundation and the Association of Professional Motor Boat Racers of Japan.

“This sea ambulance is an essential part in the delivery of health care services that will attend to emergencies, disaster and rescue operations in far flung island communities of Palawan. It will bring health care closer to people in need of health specialists and hospital health care,” said Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, during the turnover ceremony held at the Culion Centennial Marker in Culion, Palawan.

“We can now lessen impediments in health care delivery due to geographical location and this is the only means to immediately deliver patients from distant island areas to CSGH in need of medical care,” he added.

The sea ambulance is outfitted with the necessary basic life support equipment such as oxygen, resuscitator, defibrillator and immobilization devices. With the help of this vehicle, the person with serious injuries can be first stabilized and transported faster to a hospital.

“Sea travel is the easiest and fastest way to deliver health care services and to transport patients to a health facility, “ Janairo emphasized.

Moreover, it was disclosed that the vessel is manned by one emergency doctor, one emergency nurse, two health attendants and two boat personnel.

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