Jaipur, Oct.13 : A voluntary organisation in Rajasthan has prepared a special ambulance to facilitate carrying camels seeking medical attention to nearby veterinary hospital.
This is perhaps for the first time that such arrangements have been done in Rajasthan help to shift the ship of the desert 'Camel' to hospitals when required.
The facility has been provided due to the efforts of Help In Suffering (HIS), the Jaipur-based voluntary organisation.
"We are providing this facility for the first time in India. With this, an ill camel can be easily carried away from the accident site...not many people are needed in doing it. A camel weighs around 700-800 kilograms, so it's very difficult to load it. But we can easily load it on this ambulance. It saves the time and a camel can be provided treatment anytime. For the first time HIS has come up with this project of ambulance," said Pradeep Singhal, Coordinator of the Camel Project, HIS, Jaipur.
The ambulance will be a boon for camel owners in the isolated and interior regions of the desert State.
The specially built ambulance has significant features like twin hydraulic cranes, which safely hoist an ailing or injured camel and place it in the ambulance to be taken to the nearest veterinarian for further treatment.
Inside the ambulance, there are facilities like rendering first aid, padded accessories for the comfort of the ailing animal.
"This hydraulic camel ambulance is very good. It's very easy to operate. We take this ambulance near camel. The platforms comes down and we accommodate camel on the platform...there are two types of gears in this special machine, one is operated with the key...and there is one handle also which can be moved to left and right, so with all these features we lift the camel and load it in the ambulance," said Arjun, the camel ambulance operator, HIS, Jaipur.
Since camel is a big animal, it was very difficult earlier to load and transport from one place to another, but this hi-tech vehicle smoothens all such hassles.
"Earlier, we used to take camels in Tata 407 and around 10-15 people were needed to lift up the camel. We used to face big problem. We used to tie the camel in the wagon and sometimes it got injured also. But now only two to three people easily lift it on the ambulance without any problem," said Rajendra, compounder, HIS.
The NGO has invested around two million rupees in developing this machine. The facility of shifting camel is provided free of cost to the camel owners.
Members of the NGO say that this vehicle would directly help the poor camel owners, as the chances of camels dying due to lack of treatment would be minimum now onwards.