St. John Ambulance

SJA Prepares For NGE Period

St. John Ambulance CEO, Matt Cannon said this was at the request of the Police Commissioner.

“The National Election period is expected to cause a general increase in calls for help to SJA, particularly related to trauma.

“We are deploying extra ambulance officers from Port Moresby to regional stations to boost the service capacity at regional stations.

St John CEO, Matt Cannon said the ambulance special operations team will support the RPNGC airborne tactical unit, responding to time-critical medical emergencies.

Princess Anne officiates at PMGH & St. Johns Ambulance

The Princess Royal was received by Katherine Johnson, PMGH Deputy Chairman, and hospital CEO Dr. Paki Molumi, to open the National Cardiac Diagnostic Centre.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne while on tour of the hospital was invited to unveil a plaque signifying the opening of the National Cardiac Diagnostic Centre.

The Port Moresby General Hospital is regarded as a level 7 teaching and referral hospital in the country that employs about 1500 plus workers, including doctors, nurses, administration and facilities.

Bereina Benefits from Lifesaving Partnership

Recently, St John Ambulance in partnership with the Central Provincial Health Authority (CPHA) presented a reservist ambulance Land cruiser to the Bereina Health Centre.  The vehicle was donated by Digicel Foundation.

It is yet another much-needed service of St John Ambulance services in Central Province. The presentation of the reservist ambulance was a timely relief for the struggling health staff.  

Universal Church Unisocial Activity

On Saturday 19th February, the fourth unisocial event was held in partnership with St John Ambulance at the Universal Church at Varahe Street, Gordons where they usually have weekly worship and ministering to people regarding their social and mental issues.


SJA Suspends Services In Chimbu After Attack

The incident occurred on Wednesday 4th of January in Sipagkul village in the Gumine District, while the ambulance crew was responding to an emergency.

St. John Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Matt Cannon said at this stage, they do not understand why the locals were acting hostile towards the ambulance and crew.

“The ambulance crew approached Sipagkul village where they had people throwing stones and offensive weapons.

“A rock came into contact with the ambulance smashing the window and causing damage to the side of the vehicle,” said Mr Cannon.

St. John Reports Decline In COVID-19 Cases

Chief Executive Officer, Matt Cannon said according to its Ambulance transport data, they responded to 400 emergency incidents across the country with no COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday 30 Dec 2021 to Wednesday 5th January St John Ambulance responded to 71 respiratory cases. About 49 respiratory cases in NCD, Central 8, Morobe 4, Chimbu 5, while East New Britain recorded 5 cases.

“There have been zero confirmed COVID-19 cases attended to by ambulance officers. However, there were 71 respiratory cases.”

Free Ambulance service for Papua New Guineans

Chief of Ambulance Service Commissioner Rigona Rita says the ambulance service will not charge any fee to a Papua New Guinean who needs life-saving emergency medical assistance and transportation to a government hospital.

Commissioner Rita says the Ambulance service will not charge any fee because the Government partly funds the Ambulance services. However, the funding does not cover the whole cost of providing the service.

SJA Reports Major Accident

This comes about in response to a major road incident that occurred this afternoon at the Somare Circuit, Waigani where children sitting in an open trailer utility, were thrown off the tray at the impact of the collision.  

Cannon said at around 15:57pm a call was made by members of the public to 111 emergency regarding this major accident.

Talks Ongoing To Subsidize Ambulance Cost

Acting Central Provincial Administrator, Francis Koaba confirmed that the provincial government is in close consultation with SJA to fund transportation cost of services.

“Governor Robert Agarobe and St. John Ambulance CEO, Matt Cannon have been having conversations, so we are looking at subsiding transport cost. Talk is still in progress and we are looking at subsiding the cost in due course,” Mr Koaba said.

Delloite donates to St John Ambulance

This week Deloitte PNG presented a cheque of K71,000 to the St John Ambulance in Port Moresby.

The amount was raised through a fundraising drive organized by Deloitte colleagues and friends.

“I am pleased to note that the money raised will go a long way to supporting PNG’s emergency services for both COVID-19 and long-term health care in PNG. Deloitte will continue to do its best to contribute to ensuring a healthy future for PNG,” said Benjamin Lee, Managing Partner for Deloitte PNG.