KUALA LUMPUR: St John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) will provide a 24-hour emergency ambulance service at various sites along the nation's expressways on Sept 18, 19, 26 and 27 for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season.
The emergency services were launched today by Genting Malaysia's deputy chairman Tun Haniff Omar at the SJAM headquarters in Cheras here.
SJAM Commander-in-Chief Datuk Dr Low Bin Tick said the services will cover the PLUS North-South Expressway; the Kesas, Elite and NKVE expressways; and federal trunk roads.
He said 2,000 paramedics and 50 ambulances nationwide will be on standby.
"This service is essential because the number of accidents usually rises during festive seasons.
"Moreover, the presence of ambulances shows that an accident has occured and this would definitely arouse awareness among the public to drive more carefully," he said at the launch.
Low said this year they had targeted several "accident prone hot spots" like Gurun in Kedah; Penang; and Batu Pahat and Pontian in Johor.
"We have also stationed our teams at several police stations so that they can respond immediately once the police recieved an emergency call," he added.
Genting Malaysia donated RM60,000 to SJAM which will go towards maintaining ambulances, medical equipment and cost of the medicines for the services rendered during the festive season.
Haniff hoped that the donation would come in handy to SJAM in upgrading their emergency ambulance services.
"While we understand that accidents are unexpected and most unfortunate, we also strongly believe that accident victims should receive all the help they can get. It is indeed dangerous when a victim is left to wait for the ambulance, without receiving proper first aid treatment.
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