At a function organised by Intellectual Association,Chandigarh on Saturday,executive member of the association and social activist,Jasmil Singh Sahota,handed over the key of a hi-tech ambulance van to the Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),Chandigarh Professor Yogesh Chawla in the presence of the Health Minister.
The ambulance van,which costs about Rs 25 lakh is equipped with life saving equipments like Syringe Infusion Pump,Defibrillator,Transport Ventilator,Incubator,Emergency Aspirator and Emergency Kit.
Speaking on the occasion,Haryana Health Minister,Rao Narender Singh said,Under the Referral Transport Scheme of the State Government,335 ambulances were functional and Advance Life Support System Ambulance Service had also been introduced in the State.
He said that all the ambulances of Haryana Health Department were fitted with GPS system and added that this ambulance service could be availed within 15 minutes by dialing toll free number 102. This service was made available free of cost to pregnant women,victims of road accidents,patients belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families,freedom fighters and sick newly born babies. Free medicines are also being provided to the patients in all government hospitals of the State.
Haryana is the first state to start surgery package programme in the government hospitals. Rao said that the State Government was committed to meet the demand of doctors in its hospitals and for this the State Government has implemented an ambitious project of Rs. 2000 crore under which three new Medical Colleges were being set up in the State. Haryana is the first state in the country to have set up a medical college for women in Government sector at Khanpur Kalan. The OPD in this hospital has been started and 1500 patients visit it daily for diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Medical colleges in government sector were also being set up at Nalhar in Mewat and Karnal,he added. Apart from this,a Medical College was also being set up by the ESI in Faridabad.
Lauding the role of PGIMER in providing medical facilities,the Health Minister said that this institute is among the seven prestigious health institutes of the country and catering to the health and medical needs of a large number of patients from all over the country,especially from Haryana,Punjab,Himachal Pradesh,Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.
Director,PGIMER,Chandigarh,Professor Yogesh Chawla,thanked Sahota for gifting the hi-tech ambulance van to the Institute and said that this vehicle would prove quite useful for patients particularly for those suffering from cardiac problems and trauma.
President of Intellectual Association,Dr Anmol Ratan Sidhu also spoke on the occasion. Haryana Chief Minister,Bhupinder Singh Hooda,who was to attend the function as Chief Guest could not do so due to his other pressing engagements.