Himachal to start free ambulance service from October 2

Shimla: Free ambulance service in different corners of the state will be a reality soon. Himachal government today signed a MOU with Hyderabad based GVK – EMRI to provide 100 ambulances in different part of the states to provide free ambulance services to the patients. The MOU was signed by PC Dhiman, Principal Secretary Health on behalf of the HP Government and Venkata Changavalli, CEO of GVK EMRI at Peterhof in Shimla.

The ambulances will be will be run under the Atal Swasthya Seva scheme to be launched from October 2, 2010 and will be available on dialing 108 number.

108 ambulance in himachalSpeaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said the government is trying to bring efficiency in delivery of quality health services to the people of the state. He said that the first batch of ambulances would be made operational from October 2, 2010, from Sirmour, Solan, Una and Hamirpur districts followed by two more phases to cover all the twelve districts by December 25, 2010.

Dhumal said that a fleet of 100 ambulances would help the patients reach the nearest hospital without any loss of time. He said it was a pro-poor service to be jointly provided by the state govt. with technical expertise of GVK EMRI which is already rendering its services in nine other states.

He said that Himachal Pradesh being hilly state was prone to road accidents due to minor negligence where prompt ambulance service could save many lives. He said the ambulance service would be fully equipped with emergency medical services to take care of patients and manned by trained para-medics. He said the service would go a long way in reduction of infant and mother mortality rate.

He said the ambulance services would be available free of cost to every citizen.

Venkat Changavalli, Chief Executive Officer, GVK EMRI, detailed the components of the ambulance Service to strengthen the health network in Himachal Pradesh. He said 600 local youth will be employed and trained as professionals to efficiently deliver medical services. He appealed to the people not to misuse the service by making hoax calls.

Rakesh Kanwar, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, proposed vote of thanks and said all preparations has been made to launch the ambulance service all over the state.

Dr. Rajiv Bindal Health Minister, Virender Kashyap MP, Suresh Bhardwaj MLA, Dr. Vinod Pathak Director Health Services, Dr. Jaishree Sharma Director Medical Education and other senior officers of the state government were present on the occasion.

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