“All total 29 ambulances including 8 with critical care facilities (Advance Life support) and 21 with non-critical care facilities (Basic Life support) would be available in the fleet across the district”, said Rai.
“Under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of PSUs (working in the district) we are planning to add 10 more ambulances in the fleet”, he added. In case of emergency, an ambulance would be dispatched within 4 minutes after getting a phone call and anyhow rushed on the spot within 25 minutes in the township areas while within 45 minutes at the remote locations across the district, said Rai.
With an aim of providing emergency ambulance service free of cost to the people, state government launched the Jharkhand Emergency Medical Ambulance Service (JEMAS), a comprehensive pre-hospital emergency medical service across the state.
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched the service on the occasion of statehood day at Ranchi.
Very soon 108 free ambulance services would be operational for people in both rural and urban areas. The ambulances would be launched across the state in a phase-wise manner, official sources said. “Under this service, a fleet of ambulances would be connected to a toll-free helpline number (108) and remain operational (24X7) at all times across the state”, he added.
These ambulances would be linked to all the district hospitals, medical colleges, trauma centres and community health centres; will also ferry accident victims, non-communicable diseases and pregnant women to the nearest health-care centre, he said.
The Jharkhand government signed an agreement with Ziqitza Health Care Ltd (ZHL) for the emergency ambulance service. As per the agreement, ZHL will provide comprehensive pre-hospital emergency services, official sources said.
“Very soon the 108 service will have a dedicated, 70-seater, fully operational call center in Ranchi. This call center will be centralized and all emergency calls will be directed to the nearest ambulance located near the patient”, sources added.
ZHL is making the phase-wise launch of 339 ambulances across the state, he said.