Goa to get two-wheeler ambulances from July, says Minister Rane
Panaji, May 5: Goa health department is planning to introduce two-wheeler ambulances from July onwards to deal with casualties in the tourism belt. According to Health minister Vishwajit Rane, the para-medics will ride these two-wheeler medical ambulances which can reach the accident or casualty spot within record time.
All equipments required to stabilise the patient would be mounted on these vehicles, Rane told PTI after reviewing the working of '108' ambulance service in the state. Rane said such an ambulance service is already running in Karnataka and Goa would be the second state to do so.
"Twenty two-wheeler ambulances would be procured in July and would be pressed into services immediately," he said.
"Facilities like oxygen cylinder, injections which are required to stabilise the patient would be mounted on these two-wheelers," Rane further said.
Besides, 10 new ambulances (four-wheeler) would also be procured and would be fitted with equipments needed to stabilise a person who suffers cardiac arrest. "The Cardiology department of Goa Medical College is preparing a protocol required to be followed while treating patients in these new ambulances," he said.
It is to remind that on April 15, the Karnataka Health Department had launched two-wheeler ambulances in the city
The bike ambulance project 'platinum ten minutes' trauma care initiative of state government had launched with an aim to reduce deaths due to road accidents.
According to the project, the department had launched 21 bike ambulances in order to reach out to patients in emergency situations.
A medical kit containing 40 medical items will be in the vehicle. Meanwhile, the state government has spent nearly Rs 2 lakh on each of the bike ambulances.
These emergency bikers will be helpful to render its service to the poor patients in the huge traffic snarls of Bengaluru.
The bike will be driven by a trained paramedic.
The service of bike ambulance is also available in Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Belagavi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Davanagere, Tumakuru, Vijayapura and Shimoga districts.
OneIndia News ( With PTI inputs)