Mexico City ambulances undergo health inspections
The purpose of inspections is for service providers to obtain the health report and the corresponding decal that allows them to continue with pre-hospital care, transfer of the emergency or critical condition patient.
The Ministry of Health, through the Sanitary Protection Agency (APS), in coordination with the Ministry of Public Security and the Control Center, Command, Computing, Communications and Contact Citizen (C4) of Mexico City, began the efforts to locate and verify ambulances that offer services without complying with the sanitary regulations and those that operate without permits.
The inspections are carried out in accordance with the provisions published by the APS in the Official Gazette of February 28 and with effective date of March 1, 2017. It establishes the mandatory Annual Health Verification Program of Ambulances that render their services in Mexico City.
The director general of the Sanitary Protection Agency, Jose Jesus Trujillo, reported that the program aims to ensure that the units, both public and social institutions and private institutions, work in compliance with all the requirements of sanitary regulation, in order to avoid risks for patients and offer quality service.
Once taken to the inspection center, ambulances are subject to the sanitary review process by SEDESA, who will verify compliance with the health regulations. If a vehicle fails inspection they will receive a stamp of suspension, indicating that they represent a health risk.
Units that do not comply with the new inspections will have their vehicle license plates revoked by the Division of Motor Vehicles, Secretariat of Mobility.
All units have the necessary equipment for a medical emergency, including supplies and trained personnel, in order to guarantee an adequate service.
According to the calendar published by the Official Gazette, they will have two months to request the health check according to the last digit of the ambulance circulation plates: 5 and 6 check in March and April; 7 and 8 May and June; 3 and 4 July and August; 1 and 2 September and October, and ending 9 and 0 in November and December.
Over the five years of inspections, the Health Protection Agency reviewed 886 ambulances, of which 154 have been removed from service.
During the joint review actions carried out in the first stage this year, they have resulted in 25 suspensions of service from their activities by not complying with the sanitary standard.
Citizens can call 51320909 or the telephone number of APS 57410590 to report any issues with ambulances in Mexico City.
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