Negros Capitol acquires 6 new ambulances

PHOTO CAPTION: CAPTION: Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (second from right), Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer (second from left), Atty. Rayfrando Diaz (extreme left), provincial administrator, and PDMPD head Dr. Zeaphard Caelian (extreme right) led the inspection of Capitol’s six newly-acquired ambulances on Monday, October 25./iNews (Photos: Richard Malihan Capitol PIO)

BACOLOD CITY–The Negros Occidental provincial government has acquired six units of Nissan negative pressure ambulances to boost its Emergency 911 service operations.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Monday the medical transport vehicles will be deployed to the cities of Silay, Cadiz, La Carlota, and Kabankalan, as well as the municipality of Valladolid.

“This will form part of our 911 quick response. We will station them in [these] areas,” Lacson said.

The governor together with Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II, provincial administrator, and Provincial Disaster Management Program Division head Dr. Zeaphard Caelian inspected the vehicles at the Capitol grounds in Bacolod City on Monday, October 25.

The four officials take a closer look at the negative pressure isolation cabin included in each ambulance./iNews

The ambulance units will be turned over to the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City, Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid town, Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital in La Carlota City, and Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City.

Each ambulance is equipped with a negative pressure air system, which isolates, for instance, a COVID-19 patient from the vehicle cabin to control the spread of infection to the medical personnel manning the ambulance.

“These are not just for COVID-19 cases, but for all [medical] cases,” Lacson said.

When asked about the cost of the new acquisitions, the governor said, “We are saving lives here; we cannot consider the cost anymore.”

In Negros Occidental, the Emergency 911, with a command center at Panaad Park, was established in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 56, series of 2018, institutionalizing the Emergency 911 hotline as a nationwide emergency answering system. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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