Paramedics from Kingdom of Bhutan came to Okayama for an On the Job Training
In August 2010, AMDA organized the donation of a high-grade ambulance from Okayama City Government to the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan, and AMDA assisted transport the vehicle to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu. In the same year, AMDA staff delivered an official letter from the mayor of Okayama to the Prime Minister of Bhutan. In the letter, the mayor had expressed his hope to build a prosperous bilateral future relationship.
The donated ambulance has been utilized at Health Help Center of the Ministry of Health. More than 250 patients were transported by this ambulance, 56 patients were in severe condition and needed medical treatments, and 9 patients would have never made it to this day without the ambulance.
In the summer of 2012, Bhutanese Ministry of Health requested AMDA to provide a training opportunity so that an EMT or emergency medical technician can fully utilize the equipped medical facilities of the ambulance. Okayama City Fire Department welcomed such request and planned a training program using the actual facilities. On January 23rd of this year, an EMT came to Okayama City to participate in the week-long OJT program at Okayama City Fire Department.
The EMT accomplished all the trainings at North Station of Okayama City Fire Department and Advanced Emergency Medical Center of Okayama University, etc.
The trainee commented, "I want to learn as much as possible during the training in Okayama and share those with my EMT colleagues. I wish this will enable us to save more people's lives in Bhutan." Bhutanese Ministry of Health is planning to conduct an echo-seminar after his return to the country.
AMDA believes that the nurturing of the next generation is one of the most important missions, and continues to provide such training opportunities for medical professionals in the world.