THE country will have a national ambulance service to be managed by the St John Ambulance.
A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday by Health and HIV-Aids Minister Elias Kapavore and the St John Ambulance Service for the latter to establish and manage it.
“The Government has come to realise the importance of the St John Ambulance service in the country and we have signed an agreement for St Johns to be integrated into the public health system,” Kapavore said.“If we are to have a national ambulance service, we must first get it right in Port Moresby.”
He said the plan was to establish a St John Ambulance station in every province and connect all district health centre ambulances to the St John network.
“St John over the last four years, with little government support, has proven itself both operationally and administratively, capable of running a national ambulance service,” he said.
“They have successfully managed ambulance and emergency plans for major events in the country such as the Rugby League World Cup, Fifa and the Apec.
Kapavore said the distribution of ambulances by the Government, business houses or foundations would be aligned with the national ambulance service agreement.
“I will be making my view clear to Cabinet that ambulances purchased by MPs or donated by corporate and foreign aid donors must be in line with the national ambulance service – St John,” he said.
“Provinces are to establish an agreement with St John and the Department for the National Ambulance Service.”
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