Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross launches its own ambulance service

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The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society (ABRCS) has officially launched its very own ambulance service with the recent donation of a new emergency vehicle from the Japanese Red Cross.

The non-profit organisation said the ambulance will complement existing public and private emergency care mechanisms across Antigua. 

The new Ford ambulance is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art unit that includes first aid equipment for local events and para-transit transportation. It will be operated by a qualified health team including certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) under the management of the ABRCS.

Speaking at its recent launch, Programmes and Operations Officer Victoria Charlton expressed her elation at this major accomplishment.

She commended the leadership of the recently elected Red Cross President, Dr Jose Humphreys, for his visionary approach to leadership which led to this significant undertaking becoming a success.

Governor General Sir Rodney Williams also underscored the stellar work of the Red Cross and the significance of this step in enhancing local emergency care and response. 

Also present was Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph who emphasised the need for collaboration and partnership between the ministry and ABRCS, and pledged the ministry’s support to that end.

Dr Humphreys shared the many challenges prior to his tenure as president and the arduous work that the team has executed to bring the national society to this high level of achievement.

He thanked the members of his team for their tireless efforts over the past seven months and, in his closing remarks, reminded the audience of the Nguni Bantu term “Ubuntu,” which is sometimes translated to “I am because we are”.  

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