Brunei's health ministry gets 2 new river ambulances

Paramedics will now be better able to attend to emergencies at the water village with the addition of two new river ambulances.

Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof led the launch ceremony for 'Ambulans Laut 3' and 'Ambulans Laut 4'.

The ceremony was held at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Jetty in the capital yesterday.

The new ambulances are meant to assist paramedics in handling medical emergency cases involving patients residing in riverine villages including Kg Ayer, Kg Sungai Asam, Kg Putat and Kg Menunggol, as well patients in the Temburong district, the Ministry of Health said.

Loaded with life-saving equipment and a bed for paramedic purposes, the river ambulances will also be utilised in the case of any drowning incidents, and emergency injury cases on large ships which are unable to dock at the ports of Brunei.

River ambulances are also used to assist in providing medical attention during events such as motorboat racing, and to deliver corpses from RIPAS Hospital to their residences at Kg Ayer or any other riverine villages.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, YB Pehin Dato Hj Adanan said the two new vehicles would hopefully be able to serve the people of Kg Ayer who require medical attention at RIPAS.

"The river ambulances are very convenient in the preparation for any emergency cases," the minister said after taking a short ride on one of the new river ambulances.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Adanan said there are now four river ambulances under the ministry - one for the Temburong Distrct, and three for the Brunei-Muara district.

Present at the launch yesterday were Permanent Secretary of Health Dr Hajah Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil, MoH senior officials and staff members.

Any member of the public who requires paramedic service via the river ambulances is urged to contact the medical emergency hotline at 991.