The Delhi Government on Friday added 50 more advanced ambulances to the fleet of Centralised Accident and Trauma Service (CATS) and expressed hope that these would provide quick and safe transport to patients to the nearest facility. The ambulances will also provide transport to victims of sexual offences.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who had introduced over a hundred ambulances under CATS in August last year, said the new ambulances can be called during emergency on numbers 102 and 1099. The air-conditioned ambulances have been provided all necessary equipment, including life-saving devices, and trained paramedics and drivers.

She said the ambulances will try to reach the site of emergency within the shortest possible timeand provide pre-hospital care at the site of emergency. The government has also set a standard for running the CATS ambulances in order to save the maximum number of lives while attending to accidents and acute illness.

Health Minister A.K. Walia said the Department has appointed 129 new paramedics and 177 drivers for smooth functioning of the ambulances.

The total number of calls attended during October 2012 to March 2013 by CATS was 59,835 which included 10,115 calls related to maternity emergency. Further, 29,735 patients were shifted to the nearest hospitals for emergency treatment during the same period.

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