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Defibrillator gift to Vanuatu paranmedic service

July 16, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

THE gift of a surplus but still very effective heart starting defibrillator from P&O Cruises’ Pacific Dawn has a new life saving role after being presented to Vanuatu’s ProMedical paramedic service.

When Pacific Dawn’s onboard medical team looked for a new home for the defibrillator, ProMedical was suggested because it could help the service’s 24-hour emergency care on Vanuatu’s most populous island Efaté.

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Pacific Dawn Senior Nurse Liz Preston (pictured right with ProMedical representatives) presented the defibrillator to the ProMedical team when the P&O Cruises ship recently called at Port Vila.

“ProMedical is a charity organisation that has taken great steps in improving people’s access to emergency care in Vanuatu,” Liz said. “They rely on donations so we feel that in a small way we have helped them.

“Last year, I visited the hospital in Port Vila as part of P&O’s partnership with Save the Children to donate baby blankets knitted by our passengers.

“I could see then the need for our ongoing support and donations to the community in an effort to maintain and ultimately improve the level of health care.

“I believe that our defibrillator has found a wonderful new home with ProMedical.”

ProMedical Operations Manager and Intensive Care Paramedic, Michael Benjamin, thanked P&O Cruises for its ‘forethought and generosity’ in gifting the defibrillator.

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“This piece of equipment has been proven to save lives and will continue to do so in the hands of our qualified paramedics throughout the island of Efaté in Vanuatu,” Michael said.

“As a not-for-profit charity, running an international standard ambulance service in a third world developing country, we have difficulties maintain equipment standards due to limited financial constraints.

“So, this sort of donation is very gratefully received and will be put to great use.”

ProMedical is operated by Vanuatu Emergency Medical Services Association Committee (VEMSA), a non-government organisation incorporated locally as a charitable association.

ProMedical provides 24-hour international standard intensive care paramedic ambulance services on the island of Efaté on which the Vanuatu capital Port Vila is located.

The core values of the ambulance service include adhering to international standards for equipment and patient care, the professionalism of staff, and responding to all calls for assistance with accessibility for all.

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