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India: Workers' Strike Pulls 108 Services off the Road


Vishakhapatnam: Patients across the state are in for a harrowing time with the 108 emergency services going off the road from July 19 Friday due to indefinite strike call given by employees following a standoff with the GVKEMRI management over a wage hike. Each 108 ambulance handles over 7 to 8 cases on a daily basis, which means that nearly 1200 cases on a daily basis may go unattended in the North Coastal Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari till the strike continues.
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India: Initiative to Beef-up Care for Heart Patients in TN


Chennai: For all the spectacular advances in cardiology, heart surgeons will still tell you that nothing determines the treatment outcome for a heart attack patient as much as the maxim “time is muscle”. In other words, survival rates of a heart attack are decided by how quickly a patient reaches a cardiac care hospital to arrest the extent of heart muscle damage. This year, STEMI-India looks to build on the lessons from a pilot programme launched at Coimbatore, over a year ago, and add capacity to its hub-and-spoke model of integrated emergency care for heart attack patients.The pilot project at the Kovai Medical Centre Hospital
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India: Science Centre to Train College Students in Disaster Mitigation


Coimbatore: The Regional Science Centre here is planning to train college students in disaster mitigation measures such as handling the fallout of flood, fire and building collapse. Apart from the coaching to apply first aid and removing victims to ambulances, the Centre would also bring in experts to explain the scientific reasons behind such calamities, how to avoid them and draw up contingency plans, T.M. Alagiri Swamy Raju, Project Director (in-charge), Regional Science Centre, Coimbatore, told The Hindu here on July 18 Thursday. The Centre would approach the colleges for these programmes, which would be conducted free of cost
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India: Now, '108' Ambulance for Army Personnel


Lucknow: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on July 23 Tuesday issued directions to start the 108 ambulance service for Army officers, personnel as well as ex-servicemen and their family members. Currently, under the said service, a beneficiary is transported to the nearest community health centre or the government hospital. The service is being provided on the request made by the Army officials. A statement issued by CM office said Brigadier Pravin Kumar has requested for 108 ambulance service for serving and retired personnel of the armed forces and their dependents from the place of accident to nearest m
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India: GVK EMRI calls for End to Strike


Hyderabad: GVKEMRI requested its striking employees to call off their protest on July 23 Tuesday. Initiating fresh hiring, the institute said that it has managed to restore nearly 80% of the services. Full normalcy is expected in a couple of days, officials said at a press briefing on July 23 Tuesday. The 108 emergency service was paralyzed to a great extent in the state after nearly 4,000 employees went on strike demanding better wages and regularisation of their jobs. Protesting employees, who are drivers and paramedical staff, said that they started boycotting work from July 18 midnight.
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