LIFE

A life-saving endeavour

High-tech ambulance.

High-tech ambulance.  

SOMETHING IS better than nothing. And if that something springs with a cause to benefit the society, then the journey of life becomes smooth. About the journey on highways, there's always an element of risk factor.

As a maiden attempt to reduce this risk component, Lions Club International and Vadamalayan Hospital supported by the District administration have made a mega dream come true project in the accident-prone sector between Vadipatti and Dindigul in National Highways. This boon to the road-users is made available from today, as the formal ribbon-cutting ritual and the handing over of the key of the service transport were over.

A compact accident relief booth, with love from the Lions Club, with all first aid facilities is not the only merit of the project. A high-tech ambulance is gifted to the public to rush up the accident cases to the hospital for immediate treatment.

The hi-tech ambulance stands majestic with all advanced medical equipment including ventilator, paediatric and adult cuffs to ease respiration, normal oxygen cylinder and a large-size oxygen tanker, suction machine, defibrillator, three stretchers, four berth (upper and lower) and two drivers and paramedical staff who'll work round the clock on shift basis.

Ambulance booth.

Ambulance booth.  

The modest man behind the service job is the Managing Director, Vadamalayan Hospital, Pugalagiri who found himself to be at ease in being behind the screen for the whole inauguration event. Though he kept away from giving even a short speech about the project, the unspoken assurance from him, to make the service accessible day and night, has come as a solace for the road-users. He holds a lion's share in the life-saving endeavour.

Another word of promise from the hospital is that it is the preference of the kith and kin of the accident victims to choose the hospital. So, the Vadamalayan ambulance is certainly not for taking the injured to its centre. However, acute cases, automatically, will be hurried to the Government Rajaji Hospital.

The accident relief booth set up by the Lions organisation has necessary drugs that would be provided by the chemists, pharmacists and physicians of the Road Safety Committee, as the stock gets exhausted.

For the Committee Chairman and Lions District Governor, Adhilakshmi Gurumurthy, it was a moment of pride, as she emerged triumphant in her venture before the termination of Governorship. In fact, her laurels go to the District Collector, S.Ramachandran who "made her the chairman involuntarily during the committee meeting''.

She frankly puts, "We intended to take up a project on road safety. But hadn't we clubbed with the administration and other organisations, the scheme would have gone unnoticed. Rather, it would have ended up with traffic sign boards and writings of road safety measures on the highways.''

If Rotary has proved its philanthropic stand in Coimbatore by establishing such a novel accident relief booth, Lions in down south stands second to none to go in a similar track of saving the precious lives.

By AR. Meyyammai

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