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India: State Govt to Launch Single Toll-Free Number for all Ambulance Services


Jaipur: The state government is planning to launch Integrated Ambulance Service Concept. It will enable a caller to dial a single number from anywhere in Rajasthan in case of emergency for ambulances. The service of emergency will provide transport either through 108 or 104, a single centralised call centre.\r\nEven the emergencies related to the police and fire will also be reported on the same number. Under the new concept, the health department will develop a strong monitoring system to ensure that all valid call cases should not be left unattended and corresponding services should be made available.
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India: Maharashtra to Launch Motor Bike Ambulances to Reduce Mortality and Morbidity Rates


Mumbai: With an aim to reduce mortality and morbidity rates in an emergency by 20 per cent by providing first aid and stabilising the situation of the accident victims till an ambulance arrives, the Maharashtra government, through National Health Mission, will soon launch 10 bike ambulances in the state.\r\nThe 10 bike ambulances will be launched in 4 big cities on pilot basis under corporate social responsibility component. The tender was issued by State Health Society (SHS), Maharashtra/National Health Mission, and Mumbai on March 18 to select lowest bidder to operate bike ambulances. The bid will be opened on April 22. 
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India: Fast-Track Admission of Emergency patients, Nadda Tells AIIMS


New Delhi: Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday (13 April) directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here to examine ways to fast-track admission of patients requiring emergency treatment and interventions.\r\nThe health and family welfare minister gave the directions in this regard to AIIMS director M.C. Misra while chairing the 149th meeting of the reconstituted Institute Body, of which Nadda is the president.
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India: One 108 Ambulance for Every 75,000 People: CM


Hyderabad: The state government has decided to put one ‘108’ ambulance in place for every 75,000 population, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said.\r\n\\r\\n\r\nReviewing the functioning of the ‘108’ and ‘104’ emergency services, rural medical facilities and the trauma care facilities in the state at a meeting here on Tuesday (12 April), Rao said that ever since the state’s formation, 169 ambulances had been added to the ‘108’ fleet. “Of those, 145 vehicles are already in operation and the others will be pressed into service soon,” he said.
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India: 25 Emergency Ambulances to Get GPS Chennai


Chennai: GVK EMRI has started installing GPS in its 108 ambulances to expedite response to calls after accidents. At present, GPS is available in 2 of its vehicles operating in Chennai. The results of using the technology were encouraging. Hence, as a pilot project 25 ambulances will be fitted with GPS, say officials.\r\n“GPS would be especially helpful in the event of an accident involving multi-casualty when we need to deploy more vehicles to the accident site,” says B. Prabhudoss, head of marketing, GVK EMRI. It would also bring transparency at all times.
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