GPHC receives $11M ambulance to enhance emergency medical response

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Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran handing over the keys to the new ambulance at Director of the Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. Zulfikar Bux.
Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran handing over the keys to the new ambulance at Director of the Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. Zulfikar Bux.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Health yesterday handed over an ambulance, procured at the cost of $11M to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) team, by Minister of Health Dr. Bheri Ramsaran, to enhance Emergency Medical Response (EMR).

This team has been complementing the services offered at the hospital over the past year. It was set up since February 2014, after the technicians underwent training in Emergency Response. Members have thus far responded to approximately 3000 emergency calls, coming out from the various regions and districts in the country.

In 2014, the team delivered the first baby in an ambulance in Guyana; it also delivered three other babies, before reaching the hospital, including a twin delivery. Members of the unit have delivered multiple sick patients to the emergency room and who needed immediate care, including those in motor vehicle accidents, those having heart attacks and even those from the hinterland communities requiring Emergency Medical Evacuation (EME).

Recognising the hard work of the team, Minister Ramsaran expressed gratitude not to only the technicians, but also the Director of the Accident and Emergency Unit at the hospital, Dr. Zulfikar Bux, who has been emphasising on the need for EMR and has been fully supporting the team, whose members were all urged to continue the good work.  

Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s Director of Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. Zulfikar Bux handing over the trophy for best performing Emergency Medical Technician in 2014 to Ron Morris.
Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s Director of Accident and Emergency Department, Dr. Zulfikar Bux handing over the trophy for best performing Emergency Medical Technician in 2014 to Ron Morris.

Further, to express gratitude for the work carried out by the team, the members were treated to breakfast. They were joined by the minister, GPHC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Michael Khan, and Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr. Sheik Amir, along with Dr. Bux.

Following the breakfast, a trophy, as a token of reward for the hard work, was presented to the team. Ron Morris, Training and Development Officer, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was also presented with a trophy, as he was recognised as the best performing EMT in 2014. [Extracted and modified from GINA]

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