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India: On Fifth Anniversary, 108 Ambulance Service Gets 5-year Extension in TN


Chennai: Having saved more than 23 lakh lives in Tamil Nadu in five years, the 108 ambulance service has got a 5-year extension from the state government that funds it.  The service, which celebrated its fifth anniversary on September 19 Thursday, began in 2005 in Hyderabad with just 6 vehicles. The GVK EMRI-run service now has a fleet of 6,000 vehicles in 13 states and 2 Union territories. Recalling the growth, GVK-EMRI director Krishnam Raju said they began with 45 employees and now had 26,000 staff working round the clock in all weather conditions. "While we provide the services, the government provides the funds and police and the
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India: ICML Extreme Ambulance Van variant launched in India


Sonalika Group’s International Cars & Motors Limited (ICML) has come up with an ambulance van variant of its Extreme MUV. The Extreme is basically a re-badged Rhino, which was re-launched exactly a year ago. The ICML Extreme Ambulance will go on sale with two engine options and will have a base price of approx INR 6.15 lakhs, with the higher variant getting a price tag of INR 6.58 lakhs. The Extreme Ambulance will  be available in both AC and non AC variants. ICML claims that the Extreme Ambulance is the only ambulance van in the INR 4-8 lakkhs price bracket that is available with the option of an Aircon unit.
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India: Fresh Tender Likely for 108 Ambulance Service


Thiruvananthapuram: The state health department is likely to go for a fresh tender process to operate the 108 ambulance chain service in the state. The health department has sought a legal opinion on going for a district-wise fresh tender as the state government is now extending the ambulance chain to all districts. At present, the ambulance chain is operated only in Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha, and is managed by Ziqitza Health Care with whom the contract is expiring on October 15. Already the management of Ziqitza has given notice to all its employees on discontinuing their service after October 15.
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India: Ambulances Must Have Fixed Tariff by Oct 31: HC


Mumbai: RTO has already fixed rates for 18 Maharashtra regions, govt tells court. Ill health of a family member not only brings stress to relatives but even adds strain on their finances. In such a scenario, people can expect some respite as there will be a uniform tariff rate for ambulances across the state. The patients’ relatives, who have to haggle with ambulance operators over the charges, will soon heave a huge sigh of relief. The Bombay high court (HC) has directed the state regional transport officers (RTOs) to fix tariffs for ambulances in the state.
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India: More 108 Units in Chennai to Get Cardiac Care Equipment


Chennai: Soon, many more 108 ambulances will be equipped with cardiac-care support mechanism. The State government proposes to install 200 automated external defibrillators (AED) and multi-para monitors in ambulances across the State. Currently, 57 ambulances in the State have AEDs and monitors. AEDs trigger artificial shocks when the heart of a cardiac emergency patient stops enroute a medical facility. “The multi-para monitor gives us the pulse rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation level in the blood. It is possible to take an ECG while on the move and transmit it to the emergency response centre,” said B. Prabhudoss, reg
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