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#419100 - 10/18/11 08:27 AM Many accidents; where is Benque’s ambulance?  
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When helping an accident victim, most Emergency Medical Technicians would tell the public to call 911 and not to attempt to move the injured person. Good Samaritans who want to help can cause additional injuries. But Benque Viejo is facing a dilemma, as it is filled with good Samaritans who have no choice but to move injured individuals because a new ambulance has been taken away from that municipality, which leaves them without any. News Five spoke via phone to a concerned citizen who says the responsible individuals need to return Benque’s ambulance.

Via Phone: Amin Avilez, Concerned Citizen

“There is more than one incident that happened and this is the recent one that happened actually—the weekend one on the guy, Elmer Ramirez; they knocked him down. He got transported to San Ignacio hospital. They were asking for ambulance; but ambulance is not around.”

Jose Sanchez

Amin Avilez

“How was Mr. Ramirez transported to the hospital?”

Via Phone: Amin Avilez

“Behind a pickup truck.”

Jose Sanchez

“I understand there was also another incident of a young man who was injured also and was taken to the hospital without use of an ambulance.”

Via Phone: Amin Avilez

“Yes. There was another incident that occurred just a few days back at Xunantunich with a tourist. He got transported in the police vehicle because we didn’t have any medical support on that part so they called in the police vehicle to transport that person to the hospital.”

Jose Sanchez

“I’ve seen pictures of there’s a ceremony and an ambulance is being handed over to Benque; is that correct?”

Via Phone: Amin Avilez

“Yes. There was an inauguration on April 13th,if I am not mistaken, which they handed over which was a clinic and also they handed over an ambulance which didn’t stay there for not too long—I think a day or a week—something like that.”

Jose Sanchez

“Where is that ambulance now?”

Via Phone: Amin Avilez

“That ambulance is at Joseph Freight in San Ignacio. For what reason? We don’t know.”

Jose Sanchez

“So essentially, Benque does not have an emergency service?”

Via Phone: Amin Avilez

“No emergency service to be transported; no.”

Jose Sanchez

“And we all know that the police at times; they don’t have fuel for their vehicles. Is this what everyone is depending on? For the police being able to transport accident victims?”

Via Phone: Amin Avilez

Viviano Sandoval

“Well anything that is around—the police vehicle, and they are limited—they have a monthly based finance that they get for fuel and stuff which they use for their patrolling. So that sometimes has to be used for transporting people when they get hurt—when people get knocked down or stuff and need to be at a medical area quick enough so they have to use that. If not they have to use any truck that is nearby from the citizens in Benque to get transported which I don’t see it legal if they actually gave…claiming that there is an ambulance for here that shouldn’t be happening.”

The most recent accident in Benque occurred at seven-thirty a.m. on George Price Boulevard. After the accident, a student at Mount Carmel High School Viviano Sandoval was taken to the Mopan Clinic and the Western Regional Hospital by private citizens who found him on the roadside.

Channel 5

#419127 - 10/18/11 11:53 AM Re: Many accidents; where is Benque’s ambulance? [Re: Marty]  

Perfect opportunity for Health Department to train citizens in basic first aid!

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