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Health Ministry to Implement Emergency Medical Transport Services

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011: Grenadians will see an improvement in the delivery of Emergency Medical Transport Services (EMTS) later this year.

That’s the word from Health Minister, Senator Ann Peters. She made the announcement in her contribution to the 2011 budget debate in the Upper House of Parliament.

In 2009-2010 the Ministry of Health had commissioned a review of ambulance services to ascertain their effective use, and how best they can be utilized throughout the country.

The review had included hospital and community data which took into consideration ambulance services’ request; ambulance services usage; timely response; a costs analysis; fuel consumption; and human resources, including trained emergency medical technicians.

Sen. Peters said with receipt of the conclusions and recommendations of the EMTS review, the Ministry of Health is committed to moving forward and implementing an effective program in 2011.

 “That will allow for an ambulance to be located in every parish with trained drivers on a 24-7 basis, thus alleviating the need for a nurse to accompany the driver,” the Health Minister said.

Sen. Peters, a qualified healthcare provider, said the Health Ministry will gradually implement the program.

One of the recommendations of the study is that the Ministry of Health should collaborate with the Ministry of Youth to provide Emergency Medical Services specialist training to young Grenadians with the entry level prerequisites, through the soon-to-commence student apprenticeship program of the Health Ministry. It is hoped that through the training, young people would become part of the professional healthcare team. 

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