Hamptons Hospital has acquired five advanced level support (ALS) ambulances to support its expanded Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit.
While celebrating the milestone, the hospital said that their Emergency Medical teams will now be able to perform mass casualty extrication on all major roads within and surrounding Kakamega County within 10 t0 30 minutes of incidence occurrence.
The five high-end Mercedes Benz ambulances which have the capabilities to handle mass casualty incidences will be supporting the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) branch.
The ambulances will be equipped with two generators, lights, inflatable tents to help in mass-casualty incidents and transfer of multiple patients to the hospitals.
The hospital added that its emergency teams will be given specialized training in technical rescue and prehospital skills on prolonged extrication.
The roads to be covered within are C40 (Kakamega-Mumias), C33 (Bungoma-Buyangu), A1 (Kisumu-Kakamega), D260 (Sigalagala-Butere), A104 (Turbo-Malaba) and B1(Kisumu-Busia).
The expansion of Hamptons Hospital EMS unit is in line with the analysis of data from the National Transportation and Safety Authority (NTSA), which showed that the number of fatal accidents increased by 26% from 2015 to 2020.
During the same period, the number of victims with serious injuries also increased by 46%.
According to the statistics from NTSA, Kakamega and its surrounding counties have lost more than 600 people in dead-on-spot road accidents in 2020. Only 1.4% of accident victims were attended to by ambulances.
Hamptons hospital at MMTC is a center of excellence in Medicine and has expanded the universal healthcare access to Kenyans.