KOTA KINABALU- A talk on Emergency Medical Assistance Service (EMAS) Foundation was held by today.
The State Commander of St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) Datuk Dr. Atun Wee said EMAS is providing the general public the best equipped and trained Emergency Paramedic Ambulance Service supported by a network of up-to-date reliable volunteer St. John Ambulance First Aid Knight Responders.
Life saving immediate operations and medical resuscitation procedures were free of charge by EMAS, he said adding that all real emergencies would remain free of charge.
The transport and case transfers are however chargeable in order to sustain the humanitarian service, he stressed.
One of the volunteers is Dr. Joseph Lee, a former senior medical officer in Emergency Unit of Queen Elizabeth KK who is active in all SJAM programmes.
“I’m a trainer and volunteer paramedic at the same time. As a trainer, we’re providing a complete skill guide and qualification to the trainees. I’m also actively involved volunteering in emergency and crisis situations,” he said.
According to Atun, St. John Ambulance has given 100 years of service in First Aid training to all schools and adult community services in Sabah while its first ambulance went to service in 1951. However, there are now facing financial constraint to keep the volunteers work going.
His secretary, Ibrahim Yunus mentioned that they only have seven ambulances.
“One of our ambulances was not working and the other three are now being used in other district. We only have three of the ambulance here.”
In this respect they are hoping for funds to augment their coffers so that they can maintain and add on more facilities for the public.
“We urged the public and organisations to help us raise funds and we will ensure that their contribution to this good cause is managed properly and used to carry out life saving security emergency medical assistance services and to keep continuity of such services.”- By Saila Saidie /Sayangsabah.