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More ambulances for the health sector

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A file photo of Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson examining the features of a new ambulance acquired by the University Hospital of the West Indies in 2013. Looking on are Senior Director for Finance at the Hospital, Kevin Allen (left), and Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital, Dr. Trevor McCartney.

Jamaica's medical emergency response system has been bolstered by the addition of six new ambulances.

The vehicles were donated by the Government of Japan through its Grass Roots Human Security Project.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson said three of the ambulances would be assigned to Kingston while the

others would be deployed to

St Mary.

He said the donation would strengthen the existing fleet and help in timely responses to the needs of Jamaicans.

He pointed out that between 2012 and 2014, the Government bought 19 new ambulances for the public-health system.

Ferguson added that the health ministry, with support from the CHASE Fund, would soon purchase 16 additional units.