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108 ambulance service, a boon to downtrodden

108 ambulance service, a boon to downtrodden
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Health emergency services being provided through 108 ambulance is a boon to the poor patients and pregnant women particularly in rural areas. Particularly in accident cases, 108 services are useful to save lives of victims. It may be recalled that 108 health service was introduced by the then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Srikakulam: Health emergency services being provided through 108 ambulance is a boon to the poor patients and pregnant women particularly in rural areas. Particularly in accident cases, 108 services are useful to save lives of victims. It may be recalled that 108 health service was introduced by the then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

For the past five years, 3,89,120 patients, accident victims and pregnant women utilised these services in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. Of them 26,571 are accident victims and remaining are patients suffering from various diseases and pregnant women in both districts.

The services of 108 ambulance saved thousands of lives of accident victims, patients suffering from cardiac and respiratory related problems. Out of total cases referred through 108 services 94 per cent cases have been admitted to the government hospitals in Srikakulam and 96 per cent cases admitted to the government hospitals in Vizianagaram for the past five years.

In addition to 108 services, another 12,000 pregnant women received medical facility through 102 services (Thallibidda Express) in Srikakulam district and 11,500 women in Vizianagaram district to promote institutional deliveries with an aim to reduce mortality rate.

“People need to use particularly in rural areas 108 ambulance services by making a call to 108 and all kinds of services are available in 108 ambulance to provide primary health treatment to patients”, programme manager of 108 services for Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts told The Hans India.

“We can save lives of patients in an emergency situation if they make a call to 108 ambulance service”, district medical and health officer (DM&HO) Dr Sanapala Tirupati Rao explained to The Hans India. “We have utilised 108 services several times in emergency situations like snake bites, cardiac and respiratory related problems,” said Ch Lakshunnaidu of Gorinta village in Ponduru mandal.

By chowdari lakshmana rao

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