COTABATO CITY — The Ministry of Health (MOH) regional office turned over one unit of new ambulance to Iranun District Hospital in Parang, Maguindanao in a ceremony held here at the Bangsamoro Government Center on Thursday, April 7.
The ambulance –fully equipped with medical equipment, instruments, accessories, and peripherals– was funded under the General Appropriation Act of the Bangsamoro (GAAB 2021), with a cost amounting to Php3-million.
The vehicle has an automatic external defibrillator, nebulizer, portable suction machine, examining light, aneroid sphygmomanometer, folding stretcher, scoop stretcher, heavy-duty stethoscope, and oxygen cylinder, among others.
Officer-in-Charge Minister of Health Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas underscored that, “ambulance is a very important tool in all emergency cases since it is used in transporting patients to health facilities, particularly those who need immediate medical attention and response.”
“More ambulances are in the pipeline for more hospitals in the Bangsamoro region to receive,” Abas added.
Moreover, MOH Director-General and also the OIC of Iranun District Hospital Dr. Amirel Usman said the donation is a timely addition to the hospital’s fleet of responders, particularly during the prevailing health crisis.
“We only have one ambulance, in case we need an immediate medical situation we can give help to our patients now that we have an additional ambulance. We are trying to make both ends meet for our constituents and we really need this badly,” Usman said. (Kasan M. Usop, Jr./BIO)