300 more emergency ambulances by December, says UP minister

The Uttar Pradesh government will launch another 300 ambulances for the 108 emergency ambulance services across the state. These ambulances will be in addition to the 133 ambulances launched in 13 districts under the name of "Samajwadi Swasthya Sewa" by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in September.

In a press release, State Health Minister Ahmed Hasan said that by December all the districts of the state will have the 108 emergency services. He further said that the ambulance service has already transported 14,286 emergency patients to hospitals. Of these, 6,985 were cases of child birth, 1,899 of road accidents and 394 of heart attacks.

The 108 Emergency Medical Transport Service is functional under National Rural Health Mission. 988 ambulances are to be made functional under the scheme in 2012-13. The ambulances of the 108 scheme are fully equipped with contractual medical staff appointed by the service providers.

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