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India: KMES: A Collaborative Success


KMES, an EMS system operating in Kolkata, by example teaches how to utilise the existing resources optimally through effective collaborations for public welfare, finds Lakshmipriya Nair Kolkata Medical Emergency System (KMES) was born out of a very real and urgent need for an efficient emergency medicine system in the country. The founders of this venture, Dr Rajib Sengupta, his wife Rita Bhattacharjee, and friend, Dr Tanmay Mahapatra, realised that the ‘Ambulance-only model’ was woefully inadequate. The KMES project possibly could pave the way in reforming the dismal EMS scenario in India. It can also be implemented in othe
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India: Healthcare Firm Ziqitza Healthcare Moves HC over Employees' Strike


Ziqitza Healthcare, an Amritsar-based healthcare company, on June 17 moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking directions to the Employees’ Association 108 (emergency ambulance service in Punjab) for restraining its around 1,200 members from resorting to a strike so that the emergency medical services are not paralysed in the state. The Punjab government had in 2012 outsourced the recruitment of drivers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for ‘108’ emergency ambulance service through Ziqitza Healthcare.
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India: Mumbai Ambulance Drivers Worsen Injuries


Mumbai: While Chennai traffic authorities have been getting kudos for their ambulance-friendly traffic system, Mumbai's ambulance drivers have been drawing flak for their patient-unfriendly ways.  The Association of Medical Consultants (AMC), a group of 7,000 super specialists, contends that the city's ambulance drivers add to the pain and injuries already sustained by patients. "Drivers of these vehicles do not adhere to international norms of driving," said AMC president Dr Sangita Pikale. 
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India: 248 New Ambulances for '108' Fleet


Bangalore:  As many as 248 ambulances will be added to the ‘108’ emergency services fleet in the State in the next few months, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader said on June 19. Khader told reporters that as many as 98 ambulances would be purchased to ensure there was 1 ambulance for a population of 1 lakh as per the 2011 census. In addition, the Centre has promised to provide 150 ambulances to the State. The new ambulances will be added to the existing fleet of 517. Besides, 100 old ambulances will soon be replaced with new ones, Khader said.
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India: MBBS Students to Take Course in Emergency Care


Bangalore: The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) is introducing a subject on Comprehensive Emergency Care and Life Support (ECLS) in the undergraduate medicine curriculum from the current academic year. RGUHS Vice-Chancellor Dr K S Sriprakash said here on June 20 that students need to undergo training in this during their internship.To teach them, RGUHS will organise a training programme for selected faculties of medical colleges across the state in association with the University of Utah, USA. The training will be held from June 23 to 27.
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