Saturday 17 August, 2019

Japan donates two new ambulances to Heart Institution of the Caribbean

Each ambulance has a portable electrocardiogram machine, which can be used and the result transmitted to the cardiac emergency room of the hospital before the patient arrives.

Each ambulance has a portable electrocardiogram machine, which can be used and the result transmitted to the cardiac emergency room of the hospital before the patient arrives.

The Japanese embassy in Jamaica recently donated two new specialised cardiac ambulances to the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC).

Both ambulances, which will now bring the fleet at HIC to four - are able to provide critical services to patients before reaching the hospital.

Japan's Ambassador to Jamaica, Hiromasa Yamazaki made the presentation to Professor Ernest Madu, HIC Foundation's chairman.

According to Madu, the 2017 Toyota Landcruiser ambulances are able to respond to all cardiac emergencies such as heart attacks. He said that each ambulance has a portable electrocardiogram machine, which can be used and the result transmitted to the cardiac emergency room of the hospital before the patient arrives.

This, he says,  will allow the cardiologist at the hospital to review the information and give instructions to the emergency team transporting the patient. Also, the ambulances will each have a defibrillator and a ventilator on board.

Madu said, "these ambulances are the first of their kind in Jamaica. We are happy to add these ambulances to our current fleet to serve the Jamaican people.”

Japan ambulance donation

Ambassador Yamazaki said the ambulances were donated under his country's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.

“Against the background of cardiovascular disease being the number one cause of mortality and disability in Jamaica, the HIC was in dire need to have additional ambulances to respond to cardiovascular emergencies, and safely transport patients to the HIC heart hospital,” Yamazaki said.

"So today I am very pleased to note that the ambulances that we are handing over will primarily serve the needs of patients who will access cardiovascular treatment and care services at the HIC locations in Mandeville as well as Montego Bay," he said, while adding that patients from St Elizabeth, Clarendon, Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland will also have access.

Health Minister Dr Christopher, who was also at the handing over, expressed gratitude to the government and people of Japan.

He said they have provided consistent help for the island's health sector, in both the public and private space.

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