Staff Reporter

PUDUKOTTAI: As part of ensuring emergency health care services, six ambulances have been sanctioned for Pudukottai district under a private–public partnership programme.

The ambulances have full-fledged emergency equipment including life-support system devices, oxygen cylinders and suction apparatus. Each is manned by para-medical personnel including a male nursing assistant.

They have been sanctioned by the Hyderabad-based Emergency Management Research Institute under the efforts initiated by the State Health Department.

The emergency health care providers will be stationed temporarily round-the-clock at a centrally-located police station or fire service and rescue station at the taluks of Pudukottai, Aranthangi, Keeranur, Alankudi, Ponnamaravathy and Tirumayam. The vehicles could reach an emergency caller in less than 20 minutes.

A permanent site for these vehicles would be notified later.

The Committee will comprise, among others, representatives from the police, Fire Service and Rescue Department, Health departments besides non-governmental organisation.

District Revenue Office R. Mahendravel after flagging off the ambulances at a brief function held here recently said that people could contact the vehicle by dialling 108 from landline or mobile phones.

The service would bring maximum benefit to those involved in road accidents, cardiac ailments besides women with labour pain.

Joint Director of Health and Rural Services A. Sugajamma, Divisional Fire Officer Nandagopalan and Manager of the Emergency Treatment Management Institute Lakshmanan were among those who participated in the function.

Pudukottai, Erode and Nilgiris are the districts for which the facility had been extended recently.

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