City to get 10 ambulances under NHRMís 108 scheme

AMBULANCES

To provide advanced and basic life support to patients, Chandigarh will soon get ten new ambulances under the Dial 108 model of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Dial 108 model is an emergency response system, primarily designed to attend to patients of critical care and trauma and accident victims.

At present, all ambulances are under the 102 model. Under this, services essentially consist of basic patient transport aimed to cater to the needs of pregnant women and children though benefits to others are not excluded. For example, free transfer from home to facility, inter facility transfer in case of referral and drop for mother and children.

NRHM Mission Director Dr Rajiv Vadera said, "At present, the UT health department has ten ambulances, but the city needs more for efficient services during emergency. Under the NRHM's 108 service model, we will get ten more ambulances".

He added that out of ten new ambulances, seven will be used for basic life support system and three for advanced life support system.

"Earlier, in the 2013-14 programme, the UT health department had forwarded a demand of more ambulances to the Centre. The demand has now been approved by the central government and they have sanctioned 10 ambulances," said Dr Sangeeta, NRHM nodal officer.

At present, the Chandigarh health department has ten ambulances, which are deputed at various civil hospitals in the city. Manimajra Civil Hospital has two ambulances, Government Civil Block Hospital, Sector 22, has one and the remaining seven ambulances are with Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

Dr Rajesh Dhir, GMSH-16 Transport officer, said, "I have been pursuing the issue for the last two-and-half years, but due to red-tapism and the lackadaisical approach of central government authorities, it took so long. However, I am happy that finally ambulances have been sanctioned by the central government".

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