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News : Byarugabas Start Private Ambulance Business in Uganda
Kampala, Uganda, June 3, 2015 -- It is an area everyone thought was a preserve for government or charity organisations. Yet this is where Dr Hannington Byarugaba and wife Isabella Birungi Byarugaba found the gap for one of the most needed services: an efficient and well-managed ambulance service in Uganda. Their business, City Ambulances Ltd, was born after the couple saw the suffering that the 2010 Bududa landslide victims went through.
Red Cross Society, which was the charity organisation on the ground, was overwhelmed with the number of casualties, making it a nightmare to transport many of them to nearby hospitals. There were not enough vehicles and neither was there any private company to call to provide an ambulance service.
"This made me think that if there was an independent private ambulance provider, many lives would have been saved," Byarugaba says.
"I started digesting the idea and discovered that there [was] no ambulance service, which was independent."
"I got inspired to save life," which has become City Ambulance motto, he added.
In November 2014, City Ambulance started. It has five advanced ambulance vehicles; 12 fulltime employees and many part-timers who are on call, including specialized doctors, nurses, paramedics, and drivers who are also trained as first aiders.
Under City Ambulance, eight products are offered: emergency medical rescue, planned patient transportation, events and conferences medical support, training in first aid, health and safety at workplace, supply of first aid kits and other emergency medical equipment, medical air evacuation, medical escorts, and emergency medical consultancy.
Emergency medical rescue is the core activity, which operates a full-time centre.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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