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For timely help: Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu flagging off the emergency ambulance service at Virudhunagar on Monday. V. K. Subburaj, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and K. Raghupathy, Collector, look on.
For timely help: Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu flagging off the emergency ambulance service at Virudhunagar on Monday. V. K. Subburaj, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and K. Raghupathy, Collector, look on.

Staff Reporter

Ambulance service launched in Virudhunagar

VIRUDHUNAGAR: The efforts made by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government to improve the education system and healthcare would stand the test of time and have a long-term impact benefiting generations to come, Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu said here on Monday.

He was launching the State Government’s free ambulance service, ‘Call 108 Emergency’ (toll-free 24-hour service).

Eleven ambulances were pressed into service covering Sattur, Watrap, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar, Aruppukottai, Thiruchuli and Kariapatti.

Mr. Thennarasu said that the State Government had been giving more impetus to the two major sectors of social development, namely health care and education, and had been doing extremely well.

People can dial 108 in case of any emergency from either a landline or mobile (even a local telephone booth) without prefixing any code number and these state of-the-art ambulances with ultra modern facilities manned with a technician and a nurse will be available in 30 minutes time.

GIS and GPS in ambulances

The ambulance is equipped with Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System to monitor the location.

It’s a joint effort of State Government and Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), a non-profit organisation. Emergencies covered include medical, police and fire.

K. Raghupathy, Collector, said that many deaths had occurred due to the non-availability of prompt ambulance service and to overcome this anomaly the service had been launched.

NGOs brought into service

Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) V. K. Subburaj said that ambulance services were generally pathetic and to solve this problem non-governmental organisations were brought in.

But that too turned out to be a failure with unsatisfactory service.

Mr. Subburaj said that the 108 ambulance service would be of great help in view of a large number of road accidents, pregnancy deaths and heart attacks.

The facility would be extended to several other places in the State in the next six months with 400 ambulances.

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