Hyundai Starex ambulances power Region 4 hospitals
The Hyundai Starex is the latest tool for hospitals situated outside the National Capital Region (NCR) during these trying times, as a sizable fleet of its customizable Cargo variant were turned into ambulance units and handed over to the Department of Health (DOH).
Through its Biñan, Laguna dealership, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has turned over 18 units of these vehicles—fitted with medical equipment—to the DOH-Region IV-B (MIMAROPA).
The said number is part of the first batch of 47 vehicles allotted for the Region and among the close to 150 customized Hyundai STAREX ambulances that will be mobilized to other parts of the country.
DOH Center for Health Development MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Dr. Mario Baquilod cited the importance of land travel when providing health services to hard-to-reach areas in the Region.
“Malaking bagay (ang mga ambulance na ito) sa pag-transport ng ating mga pasyente who require high level of care…at our district hospitals or provincial hospitals. Habang tina-transport, continuous ang pagbigay ng medical services sa kanila,” Baquilod said.
HARI said that the DOH is also set to deliver more units to the health department’s regional arm in Davao, NCR, and Cagayan Valley.
For her part, HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, expressed pride in the units that provide space, comfort, power, stability, and durability and can be repurposed as versatile people and cargo movers.
“We are happy to see our vehicles repurposed to serve the Filipino's multiple needs, particularly in the area of health services in far-flung government hospitals,” Agudo said. “It is quite fitting that the most beloved family van of Filipinos has evolved to save more lives and serve more families on a daily basis.”
During the early stages of lockdown, HARI Foundation Inc (HFI) utilized Grand Starex and H350 units to offer free shuttle rides to thousands of health workers in Metro Manila, Southern and Northern Luzon under Biyahe ng Bayani response program.
Moreover, Agudo assured that they will continue to “closely monitor the country's health situation in order to discover more innovative ways to assist the public, flatten the curve, and bring the economy back on its feet.”
Photo/s from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.