From Queensland to Savai’i
APIA, SAMOA: FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016: An ambulance donated by Queensland Health to the Samoa National Health Services was transported to Savai’i on Thursday this week where it will service the Tuasivi Hospital.
The fully equipped 2008 Mercedes sprinter will be a vital addition to the Tuasivi Hospital fleet and enhance the services of emergency responders.
The donation comes as part of a strategic partnership between the Samoa Ministry of Health and Queensland Health that was facilitated by the Australian Government.
The partnership is designed to assist with reforming and improving the governance of Samoa’s health program.
During a ceremony to bless the vehicle in Queensland late last year the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick said the Queensland Ambulance Service has a strong record of donating ambulances to charitable organisations to give to areas of need around the world.
Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of Health, Nick Steele said the ambulance was only part of Queensland’s wider support to Samoa’s National Health Services.
He said there is an enduring partnership between the two organisations with the common goal to provide efficient and effective healthcare services that works for all Samoans.