GPHC now has emergency medical responders
As part of the development of an Ambulance Authority Project, a group of persons Tuesday evening graduated as Emergency Medical Responders. They are the first such persons to be trained as the Ministry of Health looks to improve care persons receive while being transported in ambulances.
The Minister of Health Dr Bheri Ramsaran said that the government is looking to increase the number of ambulances, and what is more, he announced moves to acquire specialized ambulances.
The first group of Emergency Medical Responders will work in Region Four, and Dr Ramsaran said that the Ministry hopes to expand the programme in other regions in the very near future. Recently, a number of ambulances were acquired to be used in outlying areas.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Hospital, Michael Khan, said that drivers of ambulances will also be trained as Emergency Medical Responders, while the Emergency Medical Responders would have to qualify as drivers.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health also has this caution for drivers of ambulances.
The Emergency Medical Responders programme to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care was developed in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Medical Center and the John Morris Foundation of the United States.