Ambulances put to maximum use

The nationwide bandh on Monday caused hardship to patients, especially those coming from the suburbs. While lack of public transport forced some to postpone their appointments, others managed to be ferried in ambulances.

The Arogya Kavacha 108 ambulance service was put to maximum use across the State. The emergency service, run by the State Government in association with GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), saw a 38 per cent jump in the calls received, according to K.S. Gurucharan, spokesperson for GVK EMRI in Karnataka. “On Mondays we get an average 1,338 calls and 997 of them are despatched. But today we received 1,849 calls, of which 1,306 were despatched,” he said. “Lack of public transport and fear using their own vehicles might have forced people to call the ambulance. As the roads were deserted, the time taken to reach the patients was far shorter.”

Although the services in state-run hospitals in Bangalore were not affected much, the number of out-patients was half the usual. “But there is surely going to be a heavy rush on Tuesday as all those who have missed their appointments on Monday would visit the hospital on Tuesday,” a senior doctor said.

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