St John Ambulance

Ambulance service reports quiet Xmas in NCD

St John Ambulance Director for Operation and Assistant Commissioner, Rigona Rita, said they did not get any calls involving trauma cases.

Commissioner Rita said from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, the organisation was faced with not more than fifty cases; 10 cases dealt with on Christmas Eve, and 23 on Christmas.

“For this year’s Christmas it has been very quiet, not like previous years where we attended to many trauma cases like stabbing or motor vehicle incidents,” he highlighted.

St John Ambulance to reach ENB

St John Ambulance currently serves the National Capital District and Central Province. However, they now plan to extend their reach to East New Britain Province.

“We have an agreement with East New Britain and we have our officers being trained here in Moresby to go to ENB to set up,” stated CEO of St John’s PNG, Matthew Cannon.

“We are anticipating the receiving of the ambulance station, which is to be donated by Consort Shipping and Curtain Brothers. We would like to start services there as soon as possible.

Partnership with St John Ambulance extended

This has been made possible with PUMA Energy’s contract renewal for a further two years.

St John ambulances travel an average of 300,000km every year to attend to emergencies in some of the remotest parts of Central Province.

PUMA Energy says they were thrilled to have helped St John respond to over 10,000 incidents in the last 12 months since signing their agreement.

Hence they have decided to renew their support commitment contract for a further two years.

Harsh health challenges tackled by ambulance

She had complained of similar pains two days prior and the family rushed her from Vanapa Brown to Port Moresby General Hospital but only to find out it was false labour.

Vanapa Brown is an LLG in the Kairuku-Hiri District of Central Province. Due to the road condition, it takes a little over an hour to get to Port Moresby.

The family thought it was false labour again that Sunday, but it wasn’t. As the contractions became frequent and the pain unbearable for the first-time mum, the family felt helpless.

Over 1,000 students trained in first aid

And there is growing interest in schools to not only save lives but also push the important message that prevention is better than cure.

Students from the Jubilee Catholic Secondary School are the latest to graduate from the first aid in schools program.

A total of 358 Grade Nine students recently received certificates.

St John Ambulance head of Commercial training, Alicia Gegera, thanked the Sir Brian Bell Foundation for the funding made available in rolling out such programs in schools.

More options for patients in emergency

Paradise Private Hospital Chief Executive officer, Dr Robin Sios, said: “We take the care of our patients seriously which is why we have faith in the quality and reliability of St John to respond to our patients and deliver them to the safety of our private hospital.

“We know that when a patient is seriously injured or in cardiac arrest, they will often need more than one ambulance to assist them. For example, CPR needs at least four ambulance officers to perform effectively in an urban environment. If CPR is delayed the patient won’t make the journey to hospital alive. 

Security escort for ambulance following attack

In the last three months, St John Ambulance has responded to over 670 emergencies within the Moresby North West electorate. Over 500 of these incidents have occurred in Morata.

Despite the work it does in responding to emergencies in communities, one of its crew was attacked on Tuesday morning, May 7th, at Morata Two, where officers were robbed, assaulted and later dragged out of the bus by a group of heavily intoxicated men.

St John suspends Morata services following attack

The ambulance service reported that at around 4am today, a St John ambulance bus was held-up at gun point in Morata.

“Significant damage was inflicted upon our staff and vehicle, including indiscriminate theft of property,” St John said in a statement.

Commissioner Matthew Cannon said: “I am disgusted by this indiscriminate attack on my colleagues.

“Our ambulance men and women put their own lives at risk to help others every hour of the day; they choose to do this well aware of the ever-present and worsening dangers in this city.

Over 200 incidents in less than 2 weeks

Between 17 December and 29 December, 2018, St John Ambulance crews have attended to over 288 incidents in Port Moresby and Central Province; 177 were regarded as serious emergencies.

Commissioner Matthew Cannon, Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance, said their specialist team of paramedics and doctors have also assisted with five air medical evacuations missions.

NZ refits St John Ambulance operation centre

The centre is a first-of-its-kind and operates the computer aid system that tracks ambulances and can give an indication of response time – a feature the old centre did not have.

St John’s Ambulance in a statement said the centre will have legacy-value post APEC, providing an essential service to the people of PNG.

The new St John Command and Ambulance Operation Centre will be officially opened today by New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy PM, Winston Peters, Secretary for Health Pascoe Kase and St John Commissioner Matthew Cannon.