The people of Kiriwina Goodenough in the Milne Bay Province will now have better access to health care services in the province.
Two sea ambulances were purchased by local MP, Douglas Tomuriesa. The sea ambulances are set to help cut travelling time from the usual 14 hours, to less than 6 hours.
The ambulances were purchased through PNG Marine Works Limited, a subsidiary of Freeway Motors in Port Moresby.
One of the two sea ambulances was tested this week at the Lancron Naval Base in down town Port Moresby. Its color and speed caught the attention of onlookers.
Kiriwina Goodenough MP, Douglas Tomuriesa, was excited about the purchase, stating the sea ambulances would improve health service delivery to both the people of Kiriwina-Goodenough, and outer atolls who had missed out on quality health service delivery for the last 38 years.
PNG Marine Works assisted with the purchasing of the two sea ambulance boats on behalf of the people of Kiriwina Goodenough District. They are sending out an open invitation to other island provinces that may need assistance in purchasing sea ambulances.
The two Sea Ambulance boats purchased are powered by two 250 mercury horsepower engines, with cruising speeds up to 30 knots.
The boats were fully-fitted with modern amenities, which include a GPS system, cabin hood, and all necessary equipment.
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