MELAKA: The Melaka Hospital has launched the Bicycle Emergency Response Team 2.0 or Melbert 2.0, a mobile emergency team of paramedics on electric bicycles (e-bikes).
The service is an upgrade of the previous Melbert iniative, a mobile emergency response team of paramedics on bicycles, which was launched in 2016.
Melbert 2.0 was launched by state Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Low Chee Leong in conjunction with the fourth National Paramedic Emergency Update Melaka 2018 (iPremium) programme here.
Low said the latest initiative was commendable as it could help the paramedics enter congested areas and render first aid to people faster than when using regular bicycles.
“I support it and will sponsor another e-bike for the Melbert team,” he said after the launch at Bayou Lagoon Park Resort in Bukit Katil, Melaka.
Also present at the event were state Health Department deputy director (medical) Datuk Dr Dulhadi Mat Junid and Melaka Hospital Emergency and Trauma Department head Dr Mohammad Fadhly Yahya.
Low said despite the introduction of the e-bikes, the Melbert response team will still use bicycles to carry out their duties.
He said the state government would conduct a detailed study before deciding on expanding Melbert services to other areas.
Dr Mohammad Fadhly said at present the Melbert team had one e-bike sponsored by a private company.
He said the team operated at popular tourist areas, like at Banda Hilir on Saturday nights using the e-bikes and two bicycles, and that they would make their rounds from 9pm to 1am only due to manpower constraints.
“We hope to expand the service in the future if we have enough staff and facilities,” he said.
More than 300 medical and emergency response personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force, St John Ambulance and Malaysian Red Crescent Society attended the event.
This is the fourth time Melaka Hospital hosted the programme which saw speakers with specialised medical expertise sharing their knowledge and insights on new emergency medicine.
Participants were kept abreast on emergency medicine, traumatology, paediatric emergency medicine, toxicology, toxinology and disaster management.