Ambulance from Batam Residents Marks ACT’s 14th Unit in Gaza

An ambulance from the people of Batam is ready to use, marking the 14th ambulance to be donated from the people of Indonesia to healthcare facilities in Gaza.

Ambulance given by residents of Batam for Palestine. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Another ambulance funded by the generosity of the people of Indonesia is ready to use, marking the 14th ambulance that Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) has provided to support the healthcare system in Gaza.

Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response team explained that the ambulance will be operational at the end of 2021. "We have equipped the ambulance with medical devices," he said Tuesday (12/28/2021).

This ambulance will operate 18 hours a day. In one day, it is estimated that it can serve up to 35 patients, making a total of around 1,050 patients a month.

This ambulance will operate free of charge so that the patients will not have to worry about the cost. "The ambulances will also synergize with ACT-supported clinics in Gaza. Hence, the patients will not only be taken to medical facilities but also get treated for free from ACT-supported clinics,” mentioned Firdaus.

ACT Gaza Branch Manager Tahany Qasem told ACTNews how difficult it was to acquire cars suitable to be converted into ambulances in Gaza.

“We had a difficult time getting a car from outside the Gaza Strip that meets the criteria of an ambulance. However, thanks to the great efforts of ACT and the donors, we have been able to optimize the procurement of more ambulances in Gaza," she said. []