Mysore, Nov 10: A fleet of six fully-equipped ambulances were pressed into service in Mysore on Saturday, Nov 8 to shift critically ill patients to hospital under the State Government"s Arogya Kavacha Scheme.
The ambulances, fitted with the necessary medical equipment to deal with emergencies such as oxygen containers, blood pressure monitoring apparatus, stretcher and paramedical staff, can now be summoned by calling the toll free number 108. The ambulance, which will be available round-the-clock anywhere in Mysore district, is expected to reach the caller in 20 minutes.
Out of the 12 ambulances allotted to Mysore district under the Arogya Kavacha scheme, six were commissioned on Saturday at a function organised at J K Grounds here. The remaining six ambulances are expected to be pressed into service by the end of next month or in the first week of January, 2009.
Mysore district Zilla Panchayat president K Marigowda flagged off the ambulances in the presence of MLAs Satyanarayana, H P Manjunath and S.R. Mahesh, besides MLC Thontadarya and Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan.
Health and Family Welfare Department officials said the ambulances could be summoned by calling toll free number 108 from a landline or a mobile phone without dialling the required STD code. The ambulances, termed as 'hi-tech' by the officials, are also fitted with Geographical Position System (GPS) with the Control Room in Bangalore.
The ambulances, which will be stationed in the jurisdiction of select police stations in the city, besides K R Hospital, will be dispatched to the destination of the patient by the control room.
The State Government has introduced the ambulance service in association with Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), Secunderabad.
The ambulance service can be summoned not only for medical emergencies, but also in the event of crime, theft, fights, bodily offences and fire emergencies such as burns, outbreak of fire and industrial fire hazards.