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India: Free Ambulance Service in all Districts by December, Pact Inked


Bhubaneswar: The state government on July 16 Tuesday signed an MoU with Ziqitza Health Care, a Mumbai-based private ambulance service provider, for expansion of the free emergency ambulance service to 15 more districts. As many as 140 more ambulances will run in these districts by December this year, taking the total in the state to 420, a government statement said. Health secretary P K Mohapatra and Ziqitza CEO Sweta Mangal inked the deal. In the first phase, the government in association with the same private group had launched the service from Khurda district on March 5 and extended it to Sundargarh, Sambalpur, An
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India: Free Treatment for Accident Victims from July 29


New Delhi: A pilot project of a scheme to provide cashless treatment for those injured in road accidents will be launched on the busy Delhi-Gurgaon-Jaipur national highway on July 29. The Centre selected the 225-km highway to launch the scheme as it is one of the most accident-prone stretches in the country, claiming about 250 lives annually. The government will expand the scheme to other highways based on the results of the pilot project, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes told Deccan Herald here on July 20 Saturday.The aim of the scheme is to provide medical help within 6 to 7 minutes of an accident which is con
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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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