The Barbados Defence Force (BDF), is increasing its capacity to respond to disasters and mass casualty causing incidents by establishing a field medical facility.
With the threat of a more active hurricane season, severe weather events and other environmental threats, the facility from the Pan American Health Organsation (PAHO), will be officially handed over on Wednesday.
It is envisioned that the field-mobile hospital company will support the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and be accredited as a Field Emergency Medical Facility (Type 1) within the PAHO/WHO (World Health Organisation) system.
In a release, the BDF indicated that it will seek to further develop and exercise the capacity to deploy a field emergency medical facility in the coming months leading up to the 2018 hurricane season.
It added that the BDF always had some mass casualty and field hospital capability, but the need for re-equipping and an increase in operational capacity continued to receive attention.
“Such an operational capacity has local applications and beyond, in the Eastern Caribbean, under the auspices of the Regional Security System and the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency, where disaster management scenarios associated with climate change continue to present significant challenges,” the BDF stated.
Based on the longstanding partnership with PAHO/WHO and national stakeholders, the BDF is expected to benefit from ongoing training activities on logistics and technical subjects related to increasing this capacity.