The St. Jago Park Health Centre in St. Catherine was one of six public health facilities that received a brand new ambulance on April 20, 2017 courtesy of the European Union under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC).
The remaining health centres include Annotto Bay Health Centre in St. Mary; Mandeville Health Centre in Manchester; and Savanna-La-Mar Health Centre in Westmoreland, while the hospitals are: Chapelton Community in Clarendon; and the Alexandria Community in St. Ann.
The ambulances were provided at a cost of approximately $83 million (€631, 162).
During the ceremony to handover the ambulances at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon, Minister Tufton said the six ambulances are expected to improve infant and maternal patient transfer between primary and health care facilities and hospital emergency care centres. “It is also expected to improve overall access to health care especially in rural areas,” he added.
In her remarks, Head of Delegation for the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said the brand new Mercedes Benz ambulances are fully furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.