ACE Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Launched

ACE Air and Ambulance launched their Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and a helipad at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

Officiating the launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo lauded the company for coming up with such an initiative previously offered by the Air Force of Zimbabwe.

“The introduction of a helicopter emergency remote and high way patient rescue service by ACE is a clear testimony of a working public private partnership as this service was only provided by the Airforce of Zimbabwe,” Dr Moyo said.

Health Minister Dr O Moyo getting a feel of the Helicopter

Dr Moyo also made a plea to the firm to have similar services outside Harare.

“I would like to encourage ACE to position another helicopter at Mpilo Hospital which caters for the Matebeleland Regions with vast tourist destinations.

“Do not stop there, please station another at Mutare Provincial Hospital to cater for the Manicaland province,” he said.

He also lauded ACE for their role in assisting the victims of Cyclone Idai.

The organisation’s managing director Mr James Halsted said they want to have more helicopters that they will station across the country’s hospitals.

“ACE began with just two modernized ICU ground ambulances in service. Today, we are proud to boast a fleet of 15 ground ambulances countrywide and two permanently configured air ambulances.

“With the launch  of our HEMS service, we are confident that we will  grow from strength to  strength. We  plan to  strategically position   more units  to  complement our  existing countrywide fleet. Our highly skilled and trained dedicated doctors,  nurses  and paramedics  are equipped to provide international standards of operation, bringing the best  pre-hospital care for all  who are in need.

“Our partnership with  the Government of Zimbabwe during   the  Cyclone Idai rescue operation  earlier   this year is  testament to ACE’s  mission as  a company. In a collaborative effort, we worked tirelessly to  rescue more than 300 individuals,” he said.

ACE  in their second year of operation was internationally accredited by the  European Aeromedical Institute (EURAMI),  the international gold  standard of  air ambulance service  excellence.

They are  the first company  in Zimbabwe to achieve this  high standard  and one  of only three  companies on  the  African continent,and 44th  in the world to  claim this accolade.

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