The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: St John to Build First Aid Centres At Black Spots

St John Ambulance in collaboration with several partners is constructing rescue centres along the Great North Road from the Mombasa port to the Malaba border post. The regional commissioner in charge of St John Ambulance Services in Western Kenya Alex Ouma yesterday said the rescue centres are being built near accident black spots to offer pre-hospital emergency medical care to victims.

He sai the centres will also offer capacity building programmes. Ouma said the Petroleum Institute of East Africa and Toyota Kenya are among the key partners supporting the venture. Ouma and his executive officer Fredrick Makhatsa proposed that county governments partner with St John to have an efficient ambulance service with 47 control points to offer emergency services when disaster strikes.

The duo spoke when they paid a courtesy call on Bungoma Deputy Governor Hillary Chongwony at the county headquarters. They were accompanied by the local county coordinator for emergency services Catherine Wanyonyi, Habil Sumba, Geoffrey Wekesa, Shadrack Masinde and Job Bwanjila.

Ouma and Makhatsa asked county governments to offer land on which to built resource centres. They said St John Ambulance is ready to partner with county governments' staff in the provision of emergency medical technician courses and to recruit additional volunteers from communities and schools.

Chongwony asked the officials to provide their strategic development plan to offer the county government insight into the specific areas of collaboration so they can serve the public better during emergencies.

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