Paola Health Cen­tre re­ceived over 1,000 calls for am­bu­lance in first six months of ser­vice

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Paola Health Cen­tre re­ceived 1,095 calls for am­bu­lance as­sis­tance since the ser­vice was rein­tro­duced in March of this year.

The Paola am­bu­lance ser­vice cov­ers 21 towns and vil­lages in the south of Malta, in­clud­ing Cot­ton­era, Paola, Santa Luċija, Birżeb­buġa and Xgħa­jra.

Speak­ing at the health cen­tre to­day, Health Minister Chris Fearne said the am­bu­lance ser­vice had been stopped by pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions.

The ser­vice was in­tro­duced again six months ago and, as fig­ures show, has proved to be a life­saver, he said.

Mr Fearne noted that an am­bu­lance ser­vice was of­fered from the Mosta Health Cen­tre and, of course, from Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal.

“In cases of emer­gency, like stroke or a heart at­tack, ev­ery minute counts and can mean the dif­fer­ence between life and death. This is why we have al­ways be­lieved in a Paola-based am­bu­lance, which can reach pa­tients in the vicin­ity in a much shorter time.”

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