Nevis Island’s New Ambulance At Alexandra Hospital
September 11, 2008
The Alexandra Hospital upped its fleet of ambulances to three on September 11, 2008, when Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel, handed over the keys to a new fully equipped ambulance, to the institution’s Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Cordell Rawlins.
During a brief ceremony to mark the occasion at the institution’s car park, the Health Minister said the NIA had recognised the need to improve on the quality of health care delivery to the people of Nevis, therefore, purchased the fully equipped ambulance with funds from the island’s treasury.
“I have heard enough that we need a new ambulance during the two years we have been in government”¦it has become customary for us to wait to see if we get some good will from somewhere to get an ambulance.
“What we have done and our government is different, is to use the public’s money to provide an ambulance which is fully equipped and which I am told can begin working tomorrow (Friday). The cost of the ambulance is about $174, 577.52. However, for us in the Ministry of Health, we are simply wanting to ensure that all the critical components of Health care are satisfied. This morning we have an ambulance which is funded fully by the Nevis Island Government treasury” he said.
Mr. Daniel used the opportunity to urge persons who would man the ambulance, in particular the drivers, to care for the vehicle and help to expand its lifespan.