AP CM flags off 1,088 new ambulances to take advanced health care to people

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The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday, July 1, pressed into service 1088 ambulances with the avowed objective of saving save lives and reaching quality medical care to each and every citizen living in the state.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off the fleet lined on the MG Road at Vijayawada in the morning. Immediately after the launch, all the vehicles started the journey towards their allotted districts.

Jagan flagged off the ‘108’ and ‘104’ emergency response vehicles in Vijayawada. The state Minister for Health AK Krishna Srinivas (Alla Nani) and several other ministers participated in the launch function. The chief minister also announced a salary hike for employees of ‘108’ services from the existing Rs.10000 a month to Rs.18, 000-Rs.20, 000 a month.  

Deputy Chief Minister, State Medical and Health Minister Alla Nani, Panchayati Raj Minister Peddi Reddy Ramachandra Reddy and District Collector Imtiaz were also present at the inauguration event.

The government has acquired the fleet at a cost of Rs.200 crores. It will entail an annual expenditure of Rs.319 crore for the maintenance. The fleet include 104 ambulances with advanced life support systems, 676 mobile medical units and 26 neo-natal ambulances.

All the ambulances have been equipped with an Emergency Response Center (ERC) to ensure them track the persons who are waiting for the service. Each ambulance has a camera, a mobile data terminal (MDT), a mobile phone, and an automatic vehicle location tandem (AVLT) box.

Ambulances Equipped with Advanced Medical Instruments are equipped with span board, scoop stretcher, wheelchair, bag-mask and multi-para monitor. The ALS ambulances have been equipped with with ventilators and other advanced medical instruments to provide medical care even when a patient in critical condition is taken to hospital.

The neo-natal ambulances are equipped with incubators and ventilators. These ambulances will reach the spot within 15 minutes after a call in urban areas, 20 minutes in villages and will reach agency and tribal areas within 30 minutes.

Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister PV Ramesh termed the service a revolutionary initiative that will help every mandal to have one mobile health unit connecting the primary health centre with YSR health clinics (with inputs from agencies)

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