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India: Emergency? Don't Call 101 - Pune


Pune: In the absence of an emergency medical services (EMS) number at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), citizens who require an ambulance are forced to fall back on 101, the fire brigade number. While there are ambulances here, they are meant especially for victims of incidents of fire, and are anyhow in no shape to ferry patients. “We receive almost 15 calls daily, asking for an ambulance, but due to a major staff crunch and with ambulances in dismal condition, we are forced to turn them down,” said Prashant Ranpise, (acting) chief fire officer, Pune.
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India: 108 Ambulance Service Set to Get Doctor Mascot


Chennai: Soon, an uber cool ‘doctor’ from ‘108 Ambulance Service will be talking to youth on the importance of emergency care. The ambulance service will soon have a brand new identity as they move to the next level with a mascot named ‘Amby 1-0-8’, that will teach youngsters particularly students, the fun way, how to respond to medical emergencies. Officials of GVK EMRI, which is operating the services funded by the State Government for the past 5 years, are working with media students of a private college in the city and have already come up with the first 2D design of a tall, young and friendly man in w
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India: MSF Press for Free EMS to Students


Imphal: In an attempt to provide sufficient medical requirements to the student community, Manipur Students' Federation (MSF) has demanded, on February 12,  the concern authority to provide free medical emergency facilities (EMS) in all government schools and colleges having not less than three hundred students. The students' body has urged him to provide at least one doctor and a nurse in all the government educational institutions operating in the state so that any medical emergencies can be tended to, without any delay inside the premises of the institutions.
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India: Another Ambulance Service Staff on Strike in Patna


Patna: If the impasse over 102 ambulance services was not enough, the staff of 1099 ambulance services in Patna also went on strike on February 11 Tuesday, the issue being the same - non-payment of salary. The Patna employees of the service parked their ambulances near Gandhi Maidan and staged dharna there. As many as 94 advance life-support system ambulances of 1099 service ply across the state. Apart from carrying emergency patients, they also carry bodies. About 400 drivers and paramedical staff are employed with the service, which has been outsourced to a private foundation.
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India: Govt Hospital Nurses to Go On Strike from February 24


Pune: Nurses in government hospitals across the state have decided to go on an indefinite strike as the state government has refused to concede their demands to fill up vacant posts and increase the number of nursing staff in hospitals, said Anuradha Athavale, president of the Maharashtra Government Nurses' Federation on February 12 Wednesday. "We have tried to voice our concerns to the government repeatedly, but our plea has fallen on deaf ears. We told the government to fulfil our demands and not force us to go on a strike as we deliver emergency service. Since we have not heard from them, we will now go
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