According to the Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, the Department of Health (DOH) – MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), formally launched its air ambulance to provide transport of patients from the scene of an emergency to the nearest healthcare facility.
“This is the most effective and quickest response in saving a patient’s life, especially those who reside in remote and hard to reach areas. Critical patients and emergency cases needing immediate care can be transported right away to the nearest health facility without difficulty”, Janairo said.
“Most of the places in MIMAROPA are not accessible to regular ambulance services due of its geographically situated island provinces. Some of these areas are remotely located and can’t be reached quickly by health workers, medical personnel, and regular ambulance services. Patients can only be acquired through air transport,” he emphasized.
The air ambulance objective is transporting patients by air from an area with a limited medical facility to an area where an adequate medical care is available.
Two (2) aircraft will serve as an air ambulance to cater patients.
“It can accommodate non-ambulatory and ambulatory patients. “If needed, transport of patients from MIMAROPA provinces will be transported to DOH tertiary hospitals in Metro Manila which will take approximately 1 ½ hour or less. The air ambulance service will cater to indigent patients and indigenous communities” he added.
“Time is vital in saving a life. Even a fraction of a second delay may cost a patient’s life. And this is one of the advantages of an air transport because it includes providing a higher level of care from the scene of trauma to community hospitals”, he emphasized.
A 24/7 emergency unit will be established in every DOH provincial office. For Palawan, emergency numbers that can be contacted are (0998) 5492585 for Smart and (0917) 533-1651 for Globe.
“Slowly and surely we will be providing the essential and necessary equipment and medical services to the heart of the Philippines – that is MIMAROPA. These are the health needs of the people and we will not fail the more than three million citizens who are constantly anticipating for progress and development in their health care delivery system.” Janairo concluded. (DOH)