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108 vehicles grounded; patients badly hit

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The emergency ambulance service came to a grounding halt here as the fuel scarcity has been plaguing the ‘108’ vehicles. The life saving service, especially in rural areas, suffered as the 108 vehicles could not move from the past one week.

Zaheerabad: The emergency ambulance service came to a grounding halt here as the fuel scarcity has been plaguing the '108' vehicles. The life saving service, especially in rural areas, suffered as the 108 vehicles could not move from the past one week.

As a result, the victims in accidents and those who require emergency health services have been suffering a lot. In case of clashes, food poisoning, snake bites and accidents, the injured would be ferried immediately for medical assistance by the people who have their own vehicles. People, who have transport facilities have no issues.

However, the poor, who neither have transportation facility nor capacity to afford it are facing severe hardships. The irreparable loss of life would drag the poor to the roads. When The Hans India contacted the Project Coordinator of 108 services Nagaraju here on Sunday for details, he clarified that they have not been receiving money for the fuel from the Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare.

Unable to meet the expenses, they stopped operating the vehicles, he added. If the situation continues like this, the poor people in rural areas, who have been already suffering a lot, will be affected adversely due to absence of emergency services.

Reacting on the situation, the BJYM town president A Naresh Patel said the MLC who stays locally should have focussed on this issue rather than completely involving in the elections. He warned that they take up protests if the issue was not addressed immediately.

By M Satyanarayana

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