KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has donated two new ambulances to the Health Ministry. The ambulances were handed over to the ministry yesterday.
Health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson in accepting the ambulances, said that millions of dollars previously used to contract private ambulance services, could now be saved.
“We know that these two vehicles will make a big difference in how we move patients around especially at the level of primary health care. In the past we have had to pay large sums for the service. My view is that ambulance services if properly managed can do very well,” Ferguson noted.
The ambulances are to be based at the Alexandria Health Centre in St Ann and the St. Ann Health Department in the Northeast Regional Health Authority.
They were procured at a cost of $6.2 million through the EU/Tropical Storm Gustav emergency recovery loan, administered by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank).