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Nellai district gets 20 ambulances

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To provide timely assistance to rural poor patients To provide timely assistance to rural poor patients

TIRUNELVELI: With the objective of preventing maternal mortality and providing timely medical assistance to poor patients living in remote villages, the Department of Public Health has provided 20 ambulances to Tirunelveli district, which would be stationed at 19 block level hospitals across the district and the Referral Control Room to be established at Melapalayam Government Hospital.

The vehicles, provided under the Health System Project and Reproductive and Child Health Phase II, would be handed over to non-Governmental organisations, which would appoint a driver to take the patients in trouble to nearby hospitals in time.

Health Department sources said that since most of the villages in remote corners of the district do not have bus services after 10 p.m., the poor patients could not be brought to nearby hospitals in time, resulting in fatality.

To weed out this crisis, the patients can contact the ambulances stationed at block level hospitals over phone to avail its service. The NGOs can reimburse the fuel cost from the Government.

"Since all block level hospitals are located at easily accessible points, it will be easy for patients to contact the hospitals or the ambulance drivers through phone to get timely medical assistance. All these 19 ambulances will be under the control of the Joint Director of Health Services," sources said.

The last ambulance, allotted to the district under the Reproductive and Child Health Phase II, would be operating from the round-the-clock Referral Control Room to be established at Melapalayam Government Hospital. The control room will be armed with a computer having database on list of blood donors' directory, facilities available in the hospitals across the district, phone numbers of all hospitals etc.

The Referral Control Room ambulance would be under the control of Deputy Director, Health Services.

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