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Sri Lanka: India-backed Ambulance Service to be Expanded Countrywide Soon


Colombo: Under phase I India provided a grant for the deployment of 88 ambulances in Western and Southern provinces.\r\nThe government plans to expand Sri Lanka’s pioneering pre-hospital care emergency response ambulance service, Suwasariya, launched with Indian financial backing a year ago. Government sources told The Island that the free ambulance services now operating in Western and Southern Provinces would be soon expanded to the remaining provinces under the second phase of the project.
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Sri Lanka: National Stroke Center to be Established in Mulleriyawa Hospital


Colombo: Sri Lanka\'s Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne has said that measures have been taken to establish the National Stroke Center in the Mulleriyawa hospital.\r\nMinister Senaratne has disclosed this participating as the Chief Guest in an event held to launch the register of stroke patients in Sri Lanka recently at the Colombo National Hospital.
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Sri Lanka: Mobitel Launches SCOPE Hotline in Partnership with the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka


The hotline will be particularly helpful for medical staff in remote areas, for example, when a doctor in the periphery or a junior consultant encounters a difficult pregnant or new-born case. In this emergency context, he would need access to an expert on management or transfer of the patient before a critical situation arises. On dialling the dedicated hotline SCOPE, the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system will lead the caller to the required specialty (paediatricians, obstetricians, and community physicians) from anywhere in the island.
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Taiwan: Taipei Improves Emergency Response with GIS


Taipei: In a bid to improve the city’s emergency response capability, the Taipei City Fire Department developed a GIS-based Incident Command System which will provide first responders with critical information needed to efficiently carry out rescue operations. The system provides a user-friendly interface which integrates spatial information crucial for the city’s Emergency Dispatch Centre to manage and mobilise rescue operations. This includes information derived from digital maps, building and block maps, aerial photographs and water resource maps among others.
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Taiwan: Taiwan Takes Step to Combat H7N9, Sets-up Emergency Response Team


Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH) on April 24 Wednesday outlined a series of measures to combat the deadly H7N9 avian flu, after a Taiwanese man who returned from a visit to eastern China tested positive for the virus. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has followed a directive by the epidemic command center to set up an emergency response team to assist in the national sanitization and disease prevention efforts, according to MND spokesman Major General Luo Shou-he.
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