Discussions on with governments in Punjab, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh
HYDERABAD: Marking a milestone in the country’s emergency healthcare services, the first batch of 121 Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (paramedics) were awarded post-graduate degrees at a convocation ceremony with joint certification by Stanford School of Medicine and GVK EMRI here on Thursday.
Talking to reporters after the convocation, GVK EMRI chairman G.V. Krishna Reddy said the 108 emergency response services were launched on Thursday in Madhya Pradesh, the 10th State thus far, taking the total fleet to more than 2,000.
Discussions were in progress with the governments in Punjab, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh and the goal was to provide quality 108 services in all the States with the fleet touching around 10,000 ambulances.
Replying to questions, he made it clear that GVK group of industries which took management control of EMRI, had no plans to bring in another private partner at present to run the non-profit organisation. He said that his company would be meeting the loan and other requirements to the tune of around Rs.100 crore, apart from recurring annual expenditure of Rs.30 crore.
S.V. Mahadevan, director, post-graduate programme in Emergency Care, Stanford School of Medicine, said it was a historic day for the country as the first batch of professionally trained paramedics passed out meeting rigorous international standards. He said India needed around 50,000 such professionals to provide emergency care services. CEO GVK EMRI, Venkata Changavalli, said plans were afoot to start similar post-graduate courses in other States.