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India: Voluntary Force for Emergency on the Anvil


 Bhubaneswar: With a view to initiate immediate medical interventions during disasters or disease outbreaks, the State Health Department is mulling creation of a voluntary force of Fast Responders at the village-level, who could be activated during emergencies. Plan is to train and position 2 local youths as Fast Responders in every village for monitoring, surveillance and primary medical intervention during emergency or disaster situations. They would be provided with first aid kits and disease control equipment, including medications, during outbreaks so that they can provide prompt care to the affected people in their community.
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India: 'Move to Withdraw Ambulances with Advanced Life Support'


Thiruvananthapuram: The alleged move to withdraw the ‘108’ ambulances with advanced life support has triggered a controversy, with the Opposition alleging that the step was to help private ambulance operators. However, the government clarified that the ‘108’ ambulances with advanced life support would not be withdrawn. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan alleged that the Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd (KMSCL) had invited tenders for extending the service of 108 ambulances that had only base life support system and avoided those with advanced life support.
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India: Cops Get Training to Handle Road Accident Victims in Maharashtra


Thane: In a move to provide immediate treatment to accident victims, a first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training was organized for Thane police officials on June 04. The cops were given first-hand information about first aid and other life-saving techniques. The aim of this event was to train the cops, who are the first to reach an accident spot, to provide on-the-spot treatment to trauma victims. The cops were given training in different types of medicine and dressing material used for victims.
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India: NFR Comprehensive Disaster Management Plan


Guwahati: The Rangiya division of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has drawn up a comprehensive disaster management plan to deal with any emergency. The ‘Disaster Management Plan 2014’ prepared by the Rangiya division, which encompasses most of Lower Assam, is aimed at formulating a “continuous and integrated process of planning, organising, coordinating and implementing measures which are necessary or expedient for promoting a culture of prevention and preparedness by ensuring that disaster management receives the highest priority at all levels”, said NFR PRO Nripen Bhattacharya.
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India: Fisheries Station Seeks a Sea Ambulance


Kochi: As the monsoon continues to grow muscle, the Vypeen Fisheries Station has put up a proposal for a sea ambulance-cum-rescue boat to meet the challenges posed by an unusually rough sea. The need for its own ambulance, equipped to handle emergencies, has been highlighted by 2 recent accidents involving fishing vessels in Fort Kochi. Both the accidents involved traditional fishing boats, which ran into sand bars off Fort Kochi where beach formation has been rapid.
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