One of the 10 ambulance units will be turned over to the Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital in Brooke's Point. (Photo by Noriel Nueca/PGO through the Palawan Provincial Information Office)

The provincial government is set to turn over 10 new ambulance units worth over P20 million to hospitals in Palawan under its jurisdiction.

According to a statement released Wednesday by the Provincial Information Office (PIO), the beneficiaries include Araceli/Dumaran District Hospital, Narra Municipal Hospital, Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital, Roxas Medicare Hospital, Dr. Jose Rizal District Hospital, Quezon Medicare Hospital, Northern Palawan Provincial Hospital, Cuyo District Hospital, Coron District Hospital, and San Vicente District Hospital.

Each ambulance comes with an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), defibrillator pads, oxygen tanks, oxygen tank regulator, wall mounted BP (blood pressure) apparatus, manual resuscitators, minor surgical kits, and first aid kits.

The ambulance units cost around P20,048,000, according to the statement.

Narra Chief-of-Hospital Dr. Maria Arlin Josue said that the emergency vehicles are critical in providing immediate medical care, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Very needed talaga natin ‘yan, especially ngayong COVID-[19] pandemic. In case na ma-turn over na itong ambulance na may AED, hindi na tayo mahihirapang mag-cater sa mga pasyente,” Josue said.

“Kaya ngayon pa lang, nagpapasalamat na kami kay Governor [Jose C.] Alvarez at sa provincial government,” she added.