Staff Reporter

For providing medical care to Delhi road accident victims

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government is considering introduction of a Global Positioning System-fitted ambulance service on the lines of the Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) to provide prompt medical care to road accident victims.

A meeting convened by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the Capital on Tuesday also considered deployment of motorcycle riders to facilitate easy movement of injured persons to the hospital.

The Chief Minister emphasised the need for having a reliable and fast ambulance service for the benefit of the aged and expecting mothers in Delhi.

The meeting was also attended by Health Minister Yoganand Shastri, State Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Principal Secretary (Health) Vivek Rae, Chief Fire Service R.K. Sharma and Andhra Pradesh Energy Research Institute director Venkat.

In his address, Mr. Venkat explained how a similar well-equipped ambulance service had been started by the Institute in Andhra Pradesh. He said nearly 500 ambulance vans had been deployed and they respond to as many as 2,000 calls in a day. Likewise, he added, a similar service would prove very purposeful and useful in Delhi.

As for the Capital’s requirement, Mr. Venkat said deployment of about 180 GPS-based ambulance vans in Delhi was recommended initially. The vans would be able to reach the injured persons within 15 to 20 minutes of the call.

Acknowledging that there was an urgent need to provide instant medical care to the injured, Ms. Dikshit said it was sad that many people lose their lives following accidents simply due to the lack of a reliable ambulance service. She appreciated the idea of deploying modern well-equipped ambulance vans which could reach the injured at the earliest. Also, to provide medical care to the injured as soon as an ambulance reached them, Ms. Dikshit underlined the need for providing all life-saving medicines in them.

“It is also essential to provide instant medical care to aged persons and expecting mothers. Hence elaborate arrangements should be made in ambulance vans to make these vans more patient-friendly,” she said.