Government is exploring the possibility of purchasing a water ambulance to service residents of Anegada.
Premier Andrew Fahie gave that indication during the 2019 Standing Finance Committee (SFC) deliberations that were held in April.
He had requested information on the matter after the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Petrona Davies, suggested that a purpose-built water ambulance would be an ideal mode of emergency transportation when persons on Anegada need to be taken to Peebles Hospital on the main island of Tortola.
The Permanent Secretary said a water ambulance would cost about $400,000.
Meanwhile, CEO of the BVI Health Services Authority, Dr Ronald Georges, had reportedly told the SFC there were past efforts to build helipads on the relatively far-away sister island.
He, however, noted that having helipads would be virtually pointless without an available helicopter on the island.
Dr Georges further described the matter as a vexing issue considering that the question of how to transport persons to Tortola has been extensively longstanding.
Sister islands resident and government legislator Shereen Flax Charles, who prompted the entire discussion, described the way sick persons are transported off Anegada as ‘very disheartening’.
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