Emergency medical services scheme in MP

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Bhopal, Nov 25 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh government and Hyderabad's Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide free and modern emergency medical services across the state.

Official sources said the deal was signed at Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's residence during a feast organised in honour of former president A P J Kalam, who is the honorary chairman of the EMRI.

The EMRI would team up with the state's Public Health and Family Welfare Department to supply 100 ambulances -- equipped with life-saving equipment, medicine and global positioning systems -- by March 2008, 400 by March 2009 and 700 by March 2010. The ambulance drivers would be provided with cellphones.

The MoU was inked by Principal Secretary (Public Health) M M Upadhyay and EMRI Chief Executive Officer Venkat Chengawalli in the presence of Dr Kalam, the Chief Minister and Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar.

Among others present were Public Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi, Information Technology Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, Indian Science Conference representatives and other public representatives.

''The scheme is being implemented in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

Madhya Pradesh is the first state in northern India to initiate this scheme,'' said the EMRI Chief Executive Officer.

The scheme envisages a central call centre that may be contacted in case of an emergency. The centre would flash the message to the department concerned -- health, fire brigade or police. The Rs 22.68-crore project's first-year expense would be about Rs 10.40 crore.

The state government would provide land for the centre and build it. It would also supply equipment, human resource and administrative expense.

UNI

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