In Himachal, no emergency 108, 102 ambulance service from tomorrow

Ambika Sharma

Tribune News Service

Solan, July 14

At a time when the variety of Covid-19 circumstances have been mounting within the state, emergency ambulance service supplier GKV EMRI has determined to halt its operations from tomorrow citing rising losses and unresolved points with the Himachal Government.

Its 1,135 staff, together with 588 drivers, 46 help staffers, 29 name centre executives, 464 emergency medical technicians and eight response officers, have been served termination discover for discontinuation of their companies from July 15.

With this, docs are frightened concerning the hospitalisation of Covid circumstances, the tally already having touched virtually 1,300 within the state. As many as 63 circumstances have been detected in Baddi alone within the final 24 hours.

The authorities had signed an MoU with GVK EMRI to supply ambulance service, for which infrastructure was additionally created by the federal government. Problems reminiscent of lack of well timed funds have been plaguing the service for the previous a number of years owing to which numerous ambulances have been in a dilapidated state.

Rakesh Negi, firm’s HR head, mentioned the Managing Director, National Health Mission, and Additional Chief Secretary had been knowledgeable concerning the firm’s choice to close store on June 29 in view of “mounting losses and inadequate funds from the state”. He, nevertheless, mentioned the corporate staff labored dedicatedly amid Covid pandemic even after the receipt of job termination notices.

As many as 117 ambulances have been condemned about two to 4 years in the past, which had led to enhancement of the service’s working value multifold over the previous few years. As many as 46 new ambulances have been added in 2019 whereas 100 new have been offered in April this yr after the corporate officers repeatedly demanded new ones.

The 108 nationwide  ambulance service was kick-started on December 26, 2010, whereas 102 ambulance service,  specifically launched for pregnant ladies, initiated its operations on November 14, 2014. With 200 operational ambulances, the corporate has coated a inhabitants of 68,64,602 since its inception with 13,80,848 emergencies having been coated until now. They have offered companies to police, hearth, medical emergencies, pregnant ladies, trauma circumstances, cardiac circumstances, and many others.

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