The arrangement was formalized through a contract signed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and Toyota Jamaica Sales and Marketing Manager, Howard Foster, on June 17, at the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.
Delivering brief remarks, Dr. Ferguson said the ambulances represent the second set of new units being acquired by the Ministry within the last three years.
“In 2013, we procured 19 ambulances. So, these 10 ambulances which we are getting…will augment the existing fleet, thus improving our capacity to provide emergency medical care,” he said.
Dr. Ferguson thanked Toyota Jamaica for partnering with the Ministry to provide the new ambulances, which are slated for delivery by the end of 2015.
The Minister also disclosed that procurement arrangements are far advanced for the acquisition of an additional six ambulances through the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Care Mortality (PROMAC).
Additionally, Dr. Ferguson said he will shortly be signing off on arrangements to acquire two new ambulances, to be funded through the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, and that two buses are slated to be purchased for use in the Ministry’s the mental health programme.
“This is part of on-going efforts to strengthen our health system to ensure that we can deal with, not just routine matters, but we can effectively manage emergencies while delivering quality health care to the people of Jamaica,” the Minister said.