EMERGENCY medical services (EMS) veteran Mr Graige Turner has died.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
He was 62. Mr Turner passed away on Sunday after a long illness.
Mr Turner was the Head of Department at Premier Service Medical Investments’ Emergency Medical Rescue Ambulance Service (EMRAS) for the past nine years.
He was once an army captain. Mr Turner also worked with companies like MARS before joining EMRAS.
EMRAS Clinical Base Harare Manager Mr Lovemore Mujere reminisced how he was groomed by Mr Turner.
“Working alongside this man my father was a big blessing to me as he continuously gave me guidance and ideas from which I harvested the experience that I possess today. I enjoyed the fruits of his strategies and will continue to do so as he had prepared solid ground in the EMS industry which we will build upon and carry on his legacy. I shall endeavour to propagate the ems ideas to the next generation, the professionalism and never die attitude you exhibited even during the most trying economic conditions and the love for the EMS you showed that saw you talking about it each time when I visited you during your last days in hospital. We have been robbed off a guru of the national EMS, a think tank, champion who played key roles in shaping, crafting and development of EMS in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Organiser of EMS Expos, Zim-Afro Director Mr Shepard Chakanza said Mr Turner was passionate about EMS.
“You see for EMRAS to be one of the biggest ambulance institute in Zimbabwe it is because of Mr Turner with that passion to grow such an ambulance company for people to get better healthcare. EMRAS but a lot of private EMS companies in Zimbabwe. He would come at most of our exhibitions. Before he died he managed to put up an Emergency Medical Training Academy. He did very well. We worked with him very well and we are going to miss him,” he said.
All ambulance companies meet on Wednesday at EMRAS Head office before heading to a Presbyterian church for a church service.