EMA Rescue Service (NGO), a non-profit organisation assists in Emergency Service in Windhoek, Namibia
In the beginning of November 2019, EMA Rescue Service, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), put their first emergency ambulance for Windhoek into service. This ambulance will serve the public and assist everyone in case of an emergency, whether the patient has medical aid or not. EMA Rescue Service is a committed rescue and emergency service provider and is one of its kind in Namibia currently. With the moto ‘There when you need us’ the organisation was founded at the beginning of this year. They have always given assistance to the Namibian Ministry of Health and City of Windhoek with their response vehicle. “It was quickly seen, that the demand for ambulances in Windhoek but also country wide, is big and we decided to put the first ambulance on the road.” said Fabian Martens, first chairman of the NGO.
The complete board of trustees of the organisation are volunteers who give their off- time from work to the organisation. “We are proud of what we have achieved so far” said Toini Niikondo, second Chairman of EMA, “and to achieve more, the organisation is dependent on donations from the industry and the public” she continued.
With their bright red trouser uniform and their uniquely designed ambulances, EMA Rescue Service already paints a new picture on emergency scenes. The red colour of the trousers symbolises the love and dedication which the EMA medics have for their profession. The new ambulance is a 4x4 VW Microbus based at Westcare Medical Centre in Windhoek West, at the Heart of Windhoek city. OSH-Med international and WFC West Care donated the ambulance and equipment to EMA Rescue Services with a total value of over NAD 1 million.
“A challenge is to keep everything running for our patients. For this I plead with everyone and companies, to become a supporter of EMA Rescue Service” said Niikondo. Currently EMA Rescue Service has four different levels for corporate supporters and every donation in the form of goods or funds helps and is greatly appreciated”. Recently Vivo Energy donated NAD 25 000 worth of diesel for the start of the ambulance services. Public members can become supporters with a contribution of only NAD 950 per annum. This amount is the average cost of a medical emergency response. ONE SUPPORTER = ONE LIFE SAVED. If companies or private persons want to become a supporter of EMA Rescue Service they can contact EMA Rescue Service via telephone 061-302 931, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via website www.ema-organisation.pro
Current Platinum Sponsors of EMA Rescue Service are:
WFC West Care Medical Centre is a clinic based at Windhoek West, at the address c/o Sam Nujoma Avenue & Beethoven Street. The clinic offers everything from short- and long-term care of patients, primary health care such as vaccinations, wound care and more.
OSH-Med international is the No.1 Service & Training Provider for Emergency Medical Care, Occupational Safety & Health, Industrial Fire Fighting and First Aid. They offer various services from Training, Equipment, onsite Emergency Clinics and more with their diverse expertise.
In case of an emergency, EMA Rescue Service is available 24/7 via the EMA Emergency Control Centre with the emergency call number 085-9112. “Our aim is, to assist country wide with ambulances, especially in areas where the emergency services are needed most” Martens said.
Source: Fabian Martens, Chairman, EMA – Emergency and Medical Assistance Organisation