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Ambulance drivers recognised for their services

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Saving lives:Founder of ‘United We 2020’, Thiruchenduran honouring '108' ambulance staff during a function in Madurai recently. S. G. S. Lakshmanan, Regional Manager, '108' emergency ambulance service, looks on.— Photo: S. James
Saving lives:Founder of ‘United We 2020’, Thiruchenduran honouring '108' ambulance staff during a function in Madurai recently. S. G. S. Lakshmanan, Regional Manager, '108' emergency ambulance service, looks on.— Photo: S. James

Recognising the importance of ambulance service in healthcare system, January 8 is celebrated as the Ambulance Day.

The services of the ambulance service staff was appreciated at Balarangapuram Government Hospital on Tuesday.

S. G. S. Lakshmanan, Regional Manager-operations, GVK-EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute), which handles the service, said that ‘108’ network was the largest emergency operator in the country. In Tamil Nadu, 602 ambulances were doing yeoman service.

Mr. Lakshmanan said that the service staff particularly drivers, who were called pilots, were recognised for their dedicated work. As many as 33 employees from 12 districts were felicitated. “They need to be encouraged with awards and certificates. Our employees, especially emergency medical technicians, play a vital role in rushing patients to hospitals. We recognise those pilots who also maintain the vehicles in good condition.”

In Madurai district, the ‘108’ ambulance service has 17 vehicles, including one modern vehicle for neonatal emergencies.

Thiruchenduran, founder of ‘United We 2020’ organisation, and G. Thanigaivel Murugan, District Manager, GVK-EMRI, were present.

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