R Vimal Kumar

They will be stationed at five different spots

Tirupur: The Department of Health will introduce five state-of-the-art ambulances shortly to improve emergency response services in the district, according to Mary Sugantha, Joint Director of Health Services.

Speaking to The Hindu here, she said that the project, to be implemented in association with the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), Secunderabad, was aimed to bring down deaths due to delayed treatments. These ambulances would be equipped with suction apparatus, BP monitoring devices, oxygen cylinders and first aid box and an Emergency Medical Technician.

It would be stationed at five different spots. Its functioning would be based on an integrated process of sense, reach and care. “As soon as information is collected, the vehicle will rush to the area and provide pre-hospital emergency care, before transporting the victim to the nearest hospital,” she said.

A centralised cell would be established by EMRI at Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children in Chennai for taking calls.

The public could avail themselves of the services by dialling 108 (toll free number) at the cell, which in turn would be routed to the nearest ambulance through Global Positioning System embedded in the vehicle.