Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday (July 1) added 1088 new ambulances
to existing fleet of close to 700. This brings down the action (response) time from the present 20 minutes to below 15 minutes in the urban and 20 minutes in rural areas, besides enhancing the availability of ambulance from one for every 1.20 lakh population to one for 75,000 people. There are 26 neonatal ambulances, which aim at reducing the infant mortality rate.
Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
formally flagged off the new ambulances at a simple event in Vijayawada
Of the new ambulances, 412 are spared for 108 emergency services
and 656 are for 104 ambulances.
In AP, 108 ambulances are for emergency services. The 104 ambulances run as mobile clinics with advanced life support systems. The neonatal ambulances will have incubators and other essential facilities for babies born with complications.
Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formally flagged off the new ambulances.
Apart from oxygen cylinders, the new ambulances have ventilators, infusion pumps, syringe pumps and comfortable stretchers besides provisions for delivery. The vehicles are also enabled with surveillance cameras to ensure proper health care monitoring by doctors.
The state government spent Rs 201 crore on purchase of these ambulances.
Ambulance will be attached to the primary health centres in all the revenue blocks for deployment by the doctors on call.
Special chief secretary, health, Dr KS Jawahar Reddy says 104 ambulances would help people know the doctors they should contact in emergencies and the doctors too would have an understanding of the health profile of the villages in general and families in particular. The government is in the process of preparing digital family health profiles.
A total of 744 doctors will visit every village once in every month to offer medical services.