Naveen flags off 84 ambulances under 108 fleet
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday flagged off additional 84 ambulances under the 108 fleet to further improve the performance of emergency ambulance service in the State, particularly in tribal districts.
Odisha Government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 104 crore for operational and capital expenditure (over a period of five years) for these additional 84 ambulances. Naveen said the Government is committed to improve the health services and this objective is a focus of the 5T initiative and Mo Sarkar and advised to create a new benchmark in the standard of medical services.
The additional 84 ambulances are being positioned in 27 districts. The allocation of the additional ambulances to the districts has been made to improve the response time and bring down the number of cancelled calls due to non-availability of ambulances for various reasons.
Funded exclusively from the State Budget, the ambulances aimed to meet the increasing demand.
The 108 Emergency Medical Ambulance Service was launched in the State on March 5, 2013 and operated through Ziqitza Healthcare Limited agency. Presently, it is operated with a fleet of 518 vehicles covering all the 30 districts, providing emergency medical service free of cost to the people. The fleet has 456 “Basic Life Support” (BLS), 56 “Advanced Life Support” (ALS) and six boat ambulances.
Apart from 108 Emergency Ambulance Service, the State has in position a fleet of 500 ambulances under Janani Express for transportation of pregnant mothers and sick infants. Official sources said till date, over 60 lakh people have been benefited from 108 and Janani Express ambulance services in the State.