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  • Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, today (February 22), handed over 10 ambulances and 10 pickup trucks valued at $129.166 million to the four Regional Health Authorities and the Jamaica Fire Brigade Emergency Management Service.
  • The vehicles were provided through funding from the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.
  • The pickup trucks will be used to support the Ministry’s national vector control programme.

Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, today (February 22), handed over 10 ambulances and 10 pickup trucks valued at $129.166 million to the four Regional Health Authorities and the Jamaica Fire Brigade Emergency Management Service.

The vehicles were provided through funding from the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.

The pickup trucks will be used to support the Ministry’s national vector control programme.

In his remarks at the handover ceremony held at the National Public Health Laboratory on Slipe Pen Road, Kingston, Minister Dalley, said the acquisition of the 10 ambulances has placed the health service “in a better position to deal with accidents on the road and also to deal with the emergency services of our people.”

He said he is looking forward to working with various stakeholders to improve the delivery of services in the health sector.

In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer at the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven, noted that the Fund is always ready to respond to national needs, particularly in the areas of education and health.

He noted that in 2015, the CHASE Fund provided some $103 million in response to the exigencies in the health sector, including 20 fogging machines and chemicals.

“Importantly, we have funding available for the purchase of two more ambulances  and I hope that, that will be done in short order, so that we can respond more effectively and efficiently to the needs of the sector,” Mr. Heaven stated.

He expressed the hope that the vehicles will be cared for “and that they will be maintained, so that their life will be extended.”

For his part, Chief Executive Officer, NHF, Everton Anderson, noted that quick response to emergencies is crucial in saving lives.

“The emergency services have to be tops even as we promote primary health care. So, we are really pleased to see the fleet of ambulances being expanded,” Mr. Anderson said.