A man is dead and his family is saying that he could have been saved had an ambulance reached in time to assist them. The victim’s son called into The Morning Show today saying that the ambulance took over an hour to respond. The family that resides in Camalote Village, Cayo District is asking the ministry of Health to investigate the matter.
Love News spoke to the Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero who explained that the ambulances at the Western Regional Hospital are not necessarily for house calls.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “The ambulance system that we have within the public health system is not routinely set up to go and look for persons at home. I mean I know Belize City is a little bit different and that’s because you have BERT which I mean is a separate entity that’s managed, gets government subvention and they have their own mechanism and funds for running those. The ambulance structure that we have set up is for transfer of patients from point A to point B for the most part. We did have an ambulance that was responding to road traffic accidents particularly along the highways but again if you have a referral that happens between Belmopan and Belize City and they’re all used up then you won’t be able to go and pick up anybody unless the ambulance is free and I know we have done that. Some areas respond quicker than others that’s simply because of the dynamics of the situations where we are. So if the ambulances were in Belize City or wherever else they were they would not have been able to respond and I assume I mean I wasn’t aware of this case that you were referring to but I’m sure that that is what would have happened if the ambulance is available we try to assist in as much as we can but understand that ambulances are routinely on the road transferring patients from here to Belize City for the most part so that is what may have happened when the ambulance was not available and if you’re having somebody with a myocardial infarction then I can certainly appreciate that time, the golden hour is of value. I don’t have any other particular in terms of what happened with this particular patients but that’s what happens in terms of ambulances.”