IN the days following the death of the nine-year-old boy, Kai, from the Orihuela Costa after a freak football accident on the beach, one of the local opposition parties unconnected with that area has called for all municipalities to review their ambulance cover.
This is in response to the 40 minutes it took for an emergency vehicle to arrive at the scene. Samantha Hull, opposition councillor and president of the PIPN in San Fulgencio, has asked for all local councils to take a close look at the level and effectiveness of the ambulance cover they have.
“We’ve had our own issues in San Fulgencio recently with the news that the local ambulance has been withdrawn,” said Samantha.
“And this tragic and heartbreaking news from further down the coast has really brought home the lack of emergency ambulance coverage.
“Like many others,” she continued, “I was shocked to learn that there are apparently only three SAMU ambulances equipped to deal with the kind of emergencies that happened on the Orihuela Costa between Guardamar del Segura and Pilar de la Horadada.
“This is completely unacceptable when you consider the size of the population in that area… and that’s before the influx of tourists.”
Speaking exclusively to the RTN, Mrs Hull thinks that something has to come out of this tragic event.
“The PIPN urge ALL municipalities in the area – whatever their size or political colour – who don’t already have at least one ambulance at their disposal to look at the possibility of obtaining one.” and to include for this provision in their annual budgets,” she said.
“Money shouldn’t be an issue when we’re talking about the ability to save people’s lives,” added Samantha.