What Does an Ambulance from Padang City Government Do in Gaza?

One of the ambulances is a donation from the Padang City Government. It patrols in North Gaza every day, going through almost the entire region to provide medical services. Its coverage includes Jabalia, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahia.

Ambulance from Padang
Ambulance donated by the government and residents of Padang City takes part in helping victims of the Israeli attack in Gaza. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – The role of the medical team and ambulance is very important in handling victims of the humanitarian crisis, including what happened recently in Gaza, Palestine. Currently, an ambulance bearing the logo of the Padang City government has attracted the attention of the Indonesian people. How did the ambulance get to Gaza? What has the ambulance been doing so far?

  1. Purchased in Palestine

An ambulance bearing the logo of the Padang City government is from the generosity of the Padangnese, including the support of the City Government and civil servants of Padang City, which is channeled through Aksi Cepat Tanggap. The Branch Manager of ACT Padang Aan Saputra explained the donations for the ambulances were raised from January to May 2020. "Ambulances from benefactors and the Padang City Government were purchased and modified directly in Palestine," said Aan, Monday (5/17/2021).

Ambulance of ACT - Padang City Government. (ACTNews)

  1. Patrolling every day

This ambulance went to almost the entire area in North Gaza to provide medical services. Its service coverage includes Jabalia, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahia.

“In the North Gaza, the ambulance reached the areas affected by the attacks, such as Jabalia, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahia. The ACT-Padang City Government’s ambulance also took part in humanitarian actions by providing health services and escorting victims to hospitals in the Gaza area, ” said Said Mukaffiy from the ACT’s Global Humanity Response team.

Said continues, in difficult times like these, the ambulances are operating non-stop to ensure that no victims are left without receiving medical services. The medical workers are always available all the time to provide medical assistance whenever needed.

In addition, the ambulance is not only used to transport injured citizens. On Monday (5/17/2021), ambulances escorted women and children walking the Om Al Naseer Elementary School in the Al Naseer area, North Gaza. The ACT ambulance gave the women and children a ride so they could get to Al Naseer Elementary School faster.

  1.  Equipped with medical equipment

Not only as a transport for the patients, but the ACT-Padang City Government ambulance is also equipped with monitors (vital signs), oxygen tubes, pulse oximeter, and blood pressure gauge to support the medical team's services.

  1.  Manned by local Gazans

The Ambulance of Aksi Cepat Tanggap is driven by a Gaza resident named Jamal Al Motawak, and manned by a nurse named Hussein Al-Sultan, and doctor Ibrahem Ramadhan who are on duty every day.

  1. In Action Since November 2020

The humanitarian vehicle, supported by the people of Padang City, started its activities at the beginning of winter 2020. For a week, the ambulance served dozens of patients who were scattered throughout the Gaza Strip, such as Jabalia Camp, Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun, Om Al Nasser Village, Al Shifa Medical Complex. The ambulance also serves the transfer of patients from the Indonesian Hospital to North Gaza. []