'Gov will continue to work with St John Ambulance'

Norzamira Che Noh

KLANG: The government will continue to work with St John Ambulance Malaysia to bolster the existing fleet of ambulances.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkifley Ahmad said the assistance rendered by St John Ambulance was welcomed to improve healthcare services.

“St John Ambulance completes the delivery of health care services by the government. It helps to improve the people’s access to quality healthcare and there has been an increase in demands due to growth in population.

“St John Ambulance has become a strong, reliable partner of the ministry,” Dr Dzulkifley said in his speech during the non-governmental organisation’s 110th-anniversary dinner here last night.

He also said St John Ambulance had become the largest private ambulance fleet coordinator in the country.

“Among the cooperation which took place include ambulance services in hotspot areas in 2016, where ambulances were placed in strategic locations in Klang Valley, thus improving reaction time during emergencies.”

The dinner was held to celebrate volunteers, partners and fundraisers that had contributed to the NGO’s missions.

Also present were Sub Prior Order St John, John Mah; St John Malaysia chairman and chief commander Datuk Lai See Ming; his deputy, Datuk Sri Dr Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah and St John Malaysia committee member Tun Hanif Omar.

Dr Dzulkifley said St. John Ambulance had been serving the people since 1908.

“I am happy to be here. We all know that the organisation roots in this country began with several branches in Malaya and North Borneo.

“Now, it has expanded into a bigger organisation which provides emergency treatments, ambulances, 24-hour hemodialysis service and emergency treatment training.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd