As many as 67 ambulances were flagged off by Haryana chief secretary D S Dhesi in a function held in the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Monday.
The services of the ambulances will be provided to all the 21 districts in Haryana.
Out of the 67 ambulances, five would be available for Panchkula and three for Kalka. There would be one ambulance each for Kalka, Morni and Raipur Rani.
On the occasion, Dhesi said: “Haryana has become the leading state in terms of carrying out Aadhaar registration of newborns by covering 70 per cent of the babies in the state, thus surpassing the national average of 22 per cent. This helps in keeping track of medical services provided to the children.”
He added: “The Haryana government spends Rs 400 crore every year under the National Health Mission to provide excellent medical services to the people of the state. It includes free ambulance service for pregnant women, newborns and victims of road accidents.”
As many as 28 lakh patients have so far utilised the ambulance service since it was started. About 1,100 patients use ambulances every day, with four lakh to five lakh patients using this service every year. The ambulances reach patients within 15 minutes of their request being received on the emergency number 102, Dhesi said.
Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta, Kalka MLA Latika Sharma and additional chief secretary, health, P K Mahapatra were also present.