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NHF SIGNS CONTRACT WITH TOYOTA JAMAICA FOR THE PURCHASE OF AMBULANCES
A contract valued at over US$800,000.00 was signed today (March 20), by the National Health Fund and representatives from Toyota Jamaica Limited for the purchase of 17 ambulances to be distributed across the four health regions in the island.
Mr. Sterling Soares, Chairman of the NHF highlighted the many health projects the NHF has undertaken since its establishment including the acquisition of ambulances. He went on further to note that the NHF was established as a statutory organization, to provide financing for national health care with the mission to reduce the burden of healthcare in Jamaica, to which he believes that the NHF has delivered.
Mr. Everton Anderson, the CEO of the National Heath Fund said the provision of these 17 ambulances will breathe new life into the ambulance service for Jamaica's public health sector. He highlighted that this is the second major grant that has been approved by the NHF for the purchase of ambulances. The first was in 2007, when 40 ambulances were purchased.
The Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson described this occasion as a pivotal one for him as it marks another milestone in his continued drive to improve services in the health sector. He stated that these ambulances should significantly alleviate the pressure placed on the previous fleet of ambulances and reduce the need to procure private ambulance services thus saving the Government millions of dollars.
He thanked the NHF for its continued support of the health sector and expressed confidence that the collaboration will continue for the benefit of the people of Jamaica.
The ambulances are expected to arrive in September 2013 and will increase the fleet number to fifty five.
Contact: Sophia Mitchell, Health Promotions Coordinator
Date: March 20, 2013