JAKARTA (JP): Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Tuesday handed over 150 ambulances to the Health Ministry for disaster relief management, especially in isolated areas.
Kalla said when disasters occurred in remote areas, the lack of access often resulted in higher victim numbers. He hopes the 4-wheel-drive vehicles, which were designed to operate in war and disaster areas, would help resolve this problem.
Kalla suggested the ambulance only be used in limited circumstances, such as evacuations, to save operational costs.
Elshinta radio reported the new ambulances, which cost some Rp 12 billion (US$1.3 million), would be distributed to several hospitals including the National Police and Indonesian Military hospitals.