Two new ambulances inaugurated for Gozo General Hospital
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Two new ambulances, which will be operating from the General Hospital in Victoria, were inaugurated this morning by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono. The Minister said that the Ministery is seriously committed to the health service in Gozo and to deliver what it promised for the benefit of Gozitan patients and to others that may need the service.
The new ambulances acquired by the Minister for Gozo meet the European Standards related to medical services, the Ministry said.
“Besides being beneficial to the patients and staff who use them, the new ambulances are also equipped with additional facilities to ensure higher levels of comfort, the Ministry said.
The Minister for Gozo explained how except for emergency cases, these ambulances will be primarily used in the transport of Gozitan patients who require various types of treatments in Malta. This includes in particular, patients who have to go for chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.
The facilities include a new air conditioning system in the ambulance which functions even when the engine is turned off. This has particular relevance to the tranportation of patients and their relatives on the ferry and while waiting at either harbour in Mgarr or Cirkewwa.
The Minister said that while one of the ambulances is a replacement, the second ambulance will increase the fleet in Gozo. She added that this was a necessary investment of around €350,000, on top of the hundreds of thousands already being spent on the continuing updating and improvements to the hospital services in Gozo