Preparations afoot to start 102-108 Ambulance Services in J&K: MD NHM

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Srinagar

Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K Bhupinder Kumar today said that the long awaited 102-108 ambulance service is being rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir in a months time for the benefit of general masses.

The Mission Director said that for the operationalisation of 102-108 ambulance services in Jammu and Kashmir including Ladakh region preparations are in final stages.

He said that the service shall be a boon for general public and will be a game changer in the delivery of public health care services to the patients and the community at their door steps. He said that services shall benefit the pregnant women, critical medical emergencies and road traffic accident victims. He said that the service will help in saving precious human lives by prompt treatment of medical emergencies.

Under this programme, 300 ambulances have already been fitted with GPS in all the districts of J&K., besides, 50 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances and 66 Basic Life support (BLS) ambulances are undergoing retrofitting which shall be on road shortly. The deployment plan for all these ambulances have been finalised as per the population density and topography of the area.

Furthermore a 40 seater call centre has been established and the recruitment of 125 Emergency Medical Technicians and around 300 drivers has also been completed.

The Mission Director further informed that Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved Rs 61. 23 crores for roll out of this service during the current financial year.

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