Ministry studies need for dashboard camera in ambulance


MELAKA: The health ministry is studying the need to install dashboard cameras in ambulances in order to obtain video recordings of road users who use the emergency lane and obstruct the vehicles’ routes during an emergency.

Health deputy director-general (Medical) Dr S Jeyaindran said the initiative was taken in light of the behaviour of some selfish drivers that prevented healthcare personnel from providing emergency paramedic treatment to victims as soon as possible.

“We have conducted a trial installation of dashboard cameras in ambulances in the Klang Valley for a year and we have found a lot of benefits.

“However, we have to conduct a comprehensive study, including the cost if dashboard cameras are installed in all ambulances nationwide,” he said at a media conference after opening the Paramedic Emergency Update Melaka (iPremium) 2017 seminar here today.

Jeyaindran said the ministry was in the process of adding 400 ambulances with high specification to be distributed nationwide in stages within two years.

He said the ministry also proposed to deploy ambulances outside the hospital area, including at toll plazas, surau and convenience stores in an effort to focus on public places and expedite response time.

“Almost 30% of our ambulances are in the workshops and so we have to purchase new ones at RM400,000 each to meet current needs,” he added.