An ambulance service on two-wheeler
With a view to providing quick treatment to marginalised and abandoned elderly, a city-based NGO ‘Good Samaritans India’ has come up with a bike ambulance to help the needy reach hospital on time. With the help of this unique initiative, the NGO has helped more than 80 people through this service.
Kompally: With a view to providing quick treatment to marginalised and abandoned elderly, a city-based NGO 'Good Samaritans India' has come up with a bike ambulance to help the needy reach hospital on time. With the help of this unique initiative, the NGO has helped more than 80 people through this service.
The concept of bike ambulance in the city is the first initiative and this small closed ambulance cabin fixed on the bike and this cabin is spacious enough to hold a saline stand and oxygen cylinder. It can carry a patient.
Speaking to The Hans India, George Rakesh Babu, founder of Good Samaritan's India, said, "Our NGO at Bahadurpally has been helping a number of impoverished, downtrodden and neglected elderly by providing free medical treatment for last 10 years and with this bike ambulance service, the reachout has become easier.
The service was launched in August 2019." As this bike ambulance is easy to ply and does away with problems of traffic jam or rush hour. It takes them less time to take the patient to the destination by taking the shortest route.
This bike ambulance is also more cost-effective than an ambulance van, as in van one has to spend Rs 400 to Rs. 500 on diesel or petrol every day, but for bikes, only Rs 150 is borne on petrol for the whole day. This bike was donated by Deccan Motors, Nampally.
"Daily we get more than 5-8 calls about the sick elderly destitute and with the help of this vehicle, we are taking them to the government hospital for the treatment. Recently we have rescued an elderly woman named Shanti from Film Nagar, who was lying in the road.
Immediately with the help of this vehicle and two 2 volunteers we took her to the government hospital and later shifted her to our NGO. Right now, we only have a single bike and expenses are run by crowdfunding," added George.