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‘108’ in Coimbatore most used for RTA-related cases in 2017

The average response time taken by 108 ambulances to attend a road traffic accident in Coimbatore is 13 minutes.

The average response time taken by 108 ambulances to attend a road traffic accident in Coimbatore is 13 minutes.   | Photo Credit: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

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Between January and December 2017 in the district, 10,007 were RTA-related cases

Road Traffic Accident (RTA) related cases has topped the list of total emergencies attended by 108 ambulances in the city in 2017. Of the total number of 48,182 emergencies attended between January and December 2017 in Coimbatore district, 10,007 were RTA-related cases.

In the same period, the fleet of 108 ambulances also took care of 9, 277 pregnancy related emergencies, providing antenatal mothers a safe journey to the nearest Government hospital.

“Currently, the average response time taken by 108 ambulance to attend an RTA in Coimbatore is 13 minutes. We have identified accident hotspots in the district and ambulances are positioned dynamically to reduce response time,” said V. Muthukrishnan, GVK EMRI’s programme manger for Coimbatore.

In 2017, GVK EMRI witnessed the highest number of emergencies in October. The 4,632 emergencies handled by the ambulances in October were the highest numbers of emergencies managed by GVK EMRI in Coimbatore in a month in Coimbatore since inception.

Now, GVK EMRI is eyeing to reduce the response time taken from 13 minutes to 10 minutes.

Mr. Muthukrishnan said that the role of 108 in reducing deaths caused by RTA in Coimbatore was discussed in the meeting of District Road Safety Committee held recently which was attended by District Collector, senior officials from the health and police departments.

According to Mr. Muthukrishnan, contact programmes are being carried out at primary health centres across the State during January to reach antenatal mothers and educate them on the ‘safe transport’ facility offered by 108 ambulances.

‘Good Samaritan Day’ is another initiative planned to create awareness and confidence in the community by acknowledging people who alert on emergencies to the 108 call centre in Chennai and thus save the lives of those in need of immediate medical care. GVK EMRI has also planned to form ‘Friends of 108 Club’ in colleges as part of capacity building measures.

Currently, GVK EMRI has a fleet of 33 ambulances, two neonatal ambulances and three first responders (two-wheeler ambulance) Coimbatore district.

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