Amid COVID-19 pandemic, NGOs in Hyderabad launch 14 ambulance services, setup common command room

South India

NGOs in Hyderabad have launched 14 ambulance services and a common command room has been set up to serve COVID patients.


The NGO's started the services keeping in view the problems being faced by the patients to reach the hospitals due to the shortage of ambulances and also the higher charges being collected by the Private Ambulance providers.

"Today, the entire world is affected by COVID-19, the number of COVID cases understandably are increasing day by day. There is a great need to transport patients to hospitals. Alongside if an unfortunate incident or any fatality occurs, shifting to the burial ground or cremation ground is also important. Some facilities are available but they are not sufficient.", A.K.Khan, IPS (Retd), Advisor to Government Of Telangana, Minorities Welfare, quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

"Moreover there is so much fear and panic in the society. Such voluntary organisations coming forward and making the availability of vehicles easier with trained staff, and proper equipment is a good step. The Sahara Ambulance Services will cater to all the areas within the city of Hyderabad. Launched a fleet of 14 Ambulances and patient transfer vehicles which have been jointly put together by NGOs - Helping Hand Foundation, Safa Baitul Maal and Access Foundation," he added.

As per the report, a common command control room has been set up.

"Helpline number-7569 600 800 which will be connected to a command centre, managed by an NGO SDIF ( Social Data Initiatives Forum)," said Khan.

Telangana recorded 1,811 fresh COVID-19 cases and 13 fatalities, pushing the state’s gross further up to 60,717, on Thursday.

Out of the new positive cases, 521 were from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), followed by Ranga Reddy (289) and Medchal-Malkajgiri (151) districts. With 13 more deaths, the COVID-19 toll in the state rose to 505.

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: ANI

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