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Press Release/01 June 2018

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo yesterday turned-over the second batch of land ambulances to various local government units of the provinces of Rizal, Laguna and Batangas.

“These ambulances are intended to transport seriously ill or injured persons needing immediate medical care and treatment and not to be used other than its intended purpose. Moreover, fees should not be collected for their use or be refused to be used due to political reasons or any other reasons that defeat the purpose as to why they were purchased” Director Janairo stated during the turn-over program held at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center Grounds, in Quezon City.

“A service ambulance is one of the crucial health services for the delivery of pre and post hospital care to a sick patient or to an injured patient resulting from an emergency or a disaster.” he added.
 

Under DOH Administrative Order 2010-0003, which was signed by Health Secretary Francisco Duque on January 7, 2010, the ambulance service includes transporting patient from the incident site to the emergency room of the receiving hospital for definitive care; transferring the patient to another hospital for further diagnostic and treatment purposes; and rendering emergency medical care and life support to sustain the stability of the patient in transit to and from the hospital, as a special health service.

Director Janairo added that Dengvaxia vaccinees will be prioritized to use the land ambulances in case of an emergency, especially those residing in remote barangays.

Among the recipients of the fourteen (14) ambulances includes municipalities of Angono, Mambugan and San Isidro in Antipolo; Lobo and Mabini in Batangas;  Binan and Pagsanjan in Laguna; barangays Muntindilaw, Beverly Hills, Mayamot in Angono, Rizal; barangay Dolores in Taytay, Rizal and one from Antipolo City.

According to Dr. Janairo, each ambulance shall be manned by an adequate number of qualified, trained and competent staff to ensure efficient and effective delivery of quality ambulance services.

An ambulance shall have one (1) driver for every shift with a valid professional driver’s license, a minimum of two (2) responders for each ambulance who is trained in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Standard first aid and with Emergency Medical Training from a DOH accredited training provider and with a valid PRC ID, if applicable.

“We will endeavor to deliver all the land ambulances by the end of the year to enable our local government health facilities to respond properly to emergency trauma cases by providing the needed transport to, from, and between places of treatment providing safety, relief and avoiding aggravation of illness or injury to patients,” Director Janairo concluded.

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Lone District of Binan Representative Honorable Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat with recipients from local government units of Laguna receives the ceremonial turn-over key from DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo during the turn-over ceremony of the 2nd batch of land ambulance held at the regional office in Project 4, Quezon City on May 31, 2018.

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Recipients of the 14 land ambulances from local government units of Laguna, Batangas and Rizal provinces with DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo and Lone District of Binan Representative Honorable Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat during the turn-over ceremony of the 2nd batch of land ambulance held at the regional office in Project 4, Quezon City on May 31, 2018.

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The land ambulances donated to 14 local government units of Rizal, Batangas and Laguna.