3 new ambulances to serve 15 south district barangays-A A +A
Saturday, August 30, 2014
THREE new ambulances with life-saving equipment are now available to attend to emergency needs of residents in Cebu City’s south district.
Councilor Dave Tumulak said the new emergency vehicles will cater to residents of Barangays Kinasang-an, Basak Pardo, Quiot, Basak San Nicolas, Mambaling, Duljo-Fatima, Sawang Calero, Pasil and Guadalupe.
Emergency cases from the north will be handled by the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (Eruf).
“Though Eruf will be helping us in the north, we will still respond to emergency calls there,” Tumulak said.
With the increasing demand of emergency vehicle assistance, Tumulak said the ambulances will be a big help as it will augment the emergency services that City has been extending.
It will also help transport patients confined at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) who need to avail themselves of other services in private hospitals.
“There are instances that ambulances from private hospitals cannot serve the CCMC patients since they only have few emergency vehicles that is why they will request assistance from the disaster office,” Tumulak said.
The City Government acquired the three ambulances for P4.5 million using Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) funds.
At present, the City has 10 working ambulances with 65 on-standby paramedics, who have been serving the city’s constituents for free.
Even if the new ambulances will particularly serve emergency cases in the barangays, the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CCDRRMC) will still be the custodian of the vehicles.
“The barangays have no capacity to maintain the vehicles that is why the ambulances will be under the disaster office,” Tumulak said.
A formal turnover ceremony attended by some City officials headed by Mayor Michael Rama and several barangay captains was done last Thursday.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 30, 2014.