Two brand new type 3Ambulances were donated this morning to the Belmopan Medical Chapter as part of the third component of the Road Safety Project, funded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development bank, (CDB). One of the Ambulances went to the Western Regional Hospital and the other went to the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT. Present at the handing over ceremony, held at the Sir Ednicain Parking Lot in Belmopan, was the Division Chief of the Economic Infrastructure Division for CDB.
“This is one of the tree legs which this project stands on, so it is very important to ask the first part of it or at least one of the legs is complete and that we see that the people in Belize are basically brought so that they have their own up to date system that will provide an efficient reliable and prompt response o emergencies on the road in this. It is a demonstration project not only for the rest of the Belizean network, but we are looking for it to be a pilot project which we can roll out to the rest of our borrowing countries. The overall project outcome will help to assist us in demonstrating to other countries, that this is the way to go in ensuring that you have a system in place; both in terms of your transportation so that you have safe roads and efficient responses to your emergencies.”
“Improving safety on our highways requires the participation of many different agencies and sectors. No one sector working alone can effectily reduce the number of road casualties. The government remains steadfast in its commitment to continue assorting much needed funding to reduce the carnage on our national highways as a result of traffic accidents. Further evidence of the priority being given to placing the wellbeing and safety of all Belizeans at the heart of its policies. I have the pleasure now of handing over the two ambulances, and I think we will do that next, to the Ministry of Health and BERT.”
“These are what we call type three ambulances that are fully equip. In fact, they are liken and can be compared to a rolling operating theater. The idea too is to train the medical emergency service personnel who can actually perform life saving, not only running a drip or so, but going more while on the way to the hospital. This is a welcomed addition. We have given BERT one and the Western Regional has the second one. Our commitment as part of the government is to keep it going, start it properly, maintain it properly so it can serve us for its full life.”
“So you say these are rolling theaters, fully equip, fully functional and ready to go. How much does one of these cost?”
“They are expensive, not cheap, The price, duty free is about three hundred thousand dollars, which includes the unit itself as well as all the equipment yoyu will see when it is fully spitted out. So about three hundred thousand each.
“First of all, we are very pleased with the ambulance. It is a type three ambulance. We really appreciate the Road Safety Project which is being cofounded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank, taking the time to do their research. They came in, went through all of our statistics , they checked us out for quite a long time and obviously they were happy with what they saw. We appreciated the endorsement, There vote of confidence because this is what we need. BERT is not just a transport system, Bert is and ambulance system which means that our focus is on emergencies. In fact, we are here for the emergency first and foremost; then we will transport your patient. So we need this kind of space that the type three ambulance allows. We were able to be a part of deciding what equipment we require to carry out the functions that we need to carry out to ensure the best possible patient outcome in the case of an emergency. We could not be more pleased. We are so excited about having this ambulance. ”
Two brand new type 3 Ambulances were donated this morning to the Belmopan Medical Chapter as part of the third component of the Road Safety Project, funded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development bank, (CDB). One of the Ambulances went to the Western Regional Hospital and the other went to the Belize Emergency Response Team, BERT. Present at the handing over ceremony, held at the Sir Ednicain Parking Lot in Belmopan, was the Division Chief of the Economic Infrastructure Division for CDB.