Zimbabwe will this week hold the inaugural Emergency Medical Services Expo and Conference as part of efforts to raise awareness on the work and importance of emergency services departments in the country.

Emergency medical services, also known as ambulance services or paramedic services, are a type of emergency service dedicated to providing out-of-hospital acute medical care, transport and other medical requirements.

Zimbabwe is holding the country’s first Emergency Medical Services Expo in Harare to showcase the growth, development and challenges facing the emergency services industry in the country.

Emergency Medical Expo Director, Mr Shepard Chakanza said the two day event scheduled for Friday and Saturday this week is aimed at raising awareness on the need for people to value and support the emergency medical services department.

One of the expo organisers, Mr Guide Muwunganirwa said the event is being organised after a realisation that the department that plays an important role in saving life is not being given maximum support by residents and motorists, among other stakeholders.

The Emergency Medical Services Expo and Conference is expected to be attended by all departments that are in the emergency medical services value chain with participants from other countries also expected to take part.