Staff Reporter

10 ambulances procured with RSVY funds

BERHAMPUR: The rural inhabitants of Gajapati district, especially the tribals living in remote areas, can now avail medical facilities with the deployment of 10 ambulances for rural areas of the district.

According to Chief District medical Officer (CDMO) Bijay Mangal Mohapatra, the 10 ambulances have been procured with the funds provided under the Rashtriya Sharam Vikas Yojna. The Gajapati Zilla Parishad approved utilisation of funds for the project as medical facilities are a major problem for a majority of population living in rural areas of the district.

Seven ambulances have been sent to seven block headquarters of the district. Two ambulances with special medical teams have been deployed at R. Udaygiri and Paralakhemundi.

These units would move around providing medical help to remote villages. Another mobile medical unit with an ambulance would be under the CDMO for emergency need.

Emergency cases

BJD district leader Pradeep Nayak termed these newly-introduced ambulance services as a boon for rural population of the district. According to him, more than 70 per cent of the population of the district live in remote rural areas.

In case of emergencies they have to carry patients to nearby government health centre in crowded jeeps and mini buses.

Now the ambulances placed at blocks and mobile health units would bring them closer to medical facilities, he said.

The CDMO felt this recent project would reduce death of pregnant mothers in the district during deliveries.

Usually in case of complicacies the villagers find it hard to carry the expectant mothers to nearby hospitals as they do not have money to rent a car or a jeep. With an ambulance placed at every block, the Anganwadi workers and village level health workers would be able to call up for the ambulance service that would also carry a medical team to the village.

Watch on labourers

In case of major complications the patients could be easily carried to district hospital at Paralakhemundi or to the MKCG medical college in Berhampur, he said.

The mobile units would also keep watch on the health condition of menial labourers employed under the Orissa Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.