AS the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) completes its triple barrel of arms against the virus with the addition of a specialized ambulance fleet. The brand new emergency vehicles were imported from China through Foton Motors Philippines and will add to the PRC’s arsenal together with its newly built Covid-19 molecular laboratory and testing facility and the recent launch of the Covid-19 Hotline 1158.
The PRC now has the first-ever Negative Pressure ambulance fleet in the country with six fully-equipped specialized emergency vehicles currently in operation.
When asked how these specialized ambulance units can assist the Philippine Red Cross, Safety Services Manager Von Ryan Ong said, “The Negative Pressure ambulance units will be valuable assets in fighting highly communicable diseases especially during these times when we are battling the Covid-19 outbreak. It serves as another layer of protection as it protects patients and our EMTs (Emergency Medical Technician) from cross-contaminating one another.” These vehicles are equipped with tools such as a negative pressure cabin and a patient isolation chamber, which lowers the air pressure, disinfects and filters the air.
“These Negative Pressure ambulance vehicles are the first in the country,” PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard Gordon said regarding the new additions to PRC assets, “the Philippine Red Cross will be using these emergency vehicles together with a dedicated and specialized EMS team that will focus on responding to Covid-19 emergencies. It can also be used for future outbreaks of communicable diseases. This reinforces Philippine Red Cross’ true mantra of Always first, always ready, and always there.”
The specialized vehicles are part of a donation from the Security Bank Corporation, Australian Aid, Bloomberry Cultural Foundation and Pagcor.
Since March 17, the Philippine Red Cross Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have already transported 23 Covid-19 related cases. With the fleet of specialized Negative Pressure ambulance units, PRC is geared up to cater to more Covid-19 related emergencies.
With the PRC’s Covid-19 hotline 1158, the molecular laboratory and testing center, and specialized negative pressure ambulance fleet, the Philippine Red Cross is ready to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.