Odisha Chief Minister Dedicated 47 New Advanced Life Support Ambulances To Odisha

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated 47 new Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances to the people of Odisha through video conferencing mode.

Odisha CM expressed his hope that these ambulances will meet the increasing demand for transportation of patients with an advanced life support system.

In the wake of the second wave of COVID-19, the Chief Minister had directed for provision of more advanced life support ambulances to further boost the reach and scale of emergency patient transportation. Accordingly, the state government had made provision for 47 new ALS ambulances. He also expressed his hope towards the people of Odisha that the state will beat the second wave.

The report further informed that these ambulances have been funded from various sources including MPLAD, CSR, DMF, and OMBADC. Of these 47 ALS ambulances, 28 will be managed under 108 emergency ambulance services and 19 will be deployed at the medical colleges and hospitals to facilitate emergency patient transportation at their level.

Odisha has been running an emergency medical ambulance service since March 5, 2013. The current fleet comprises 596 vehicles, of which 540 have the Basic Life Support system and 56 have Advanced Life Support system. With the addition of these new ambulances, the total number of Advanced Life Support ambulances comes to 103. These are running under 108 ambulance services covering all 30 districts to provide quality emergency care transport free of cost.

Also, additionally, a fleet of 500 Janani Express ambulances under the Referral Transport Ambulance Service have been made operational in the state since July 14, 2014, to provide free referral transport services to pregnant women and sick infants. As of now, over 62 lakh people have benefited from both 108 and Janani Express ambulance services in the state, an official said.

Besides, to provide transportation to the sick and injured in certain river-locked areas of 4 districts namely Kendrapara, Kalahandi, Koraput, and Malkangiri, the government has also sanctioned six boat ambulances.

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