Taking special precaution to ensure safe Diwali, special teams of 108-ambulance services will be deployed in cities like Ahmedabad and Vadodara for any kind of emergency.
According to the GVK EMRI (Emergency Management and Research Institute), the emergency that manages the 108 ambulance service under the public-private partnership, at least 10%-45% more cases of emergencies are projected during the week following Diwali.
Considering the rise in the number of emergency cases due to fire crackers and health complications due to noise and air pollution, infection, trauma, and pregnancy-related complications, at least two more ambulances will be deployed on Diwali, Bhai Bij and Gujarati New Year.
Two additional ambulances have been added to the fleet of 21 ambulances in Vadodara, each to be stationed in Gotri and Ajwa Road localities.
In a press release, GVK EMRI chief operations officer Jashvant Prajapati said, “We are prepared with additional communication officers, dispatch officers and doctors at our response centre to attend the additional calls. We now have 506 ambulances across the state to manage the possible extra emergencies. We wish that the holidays are safe for all of us but if there is any emergency, please remember that 108 services is free and just a phone call away.”
In Vadodara, two teams of medical technicians will be on stand-by between 9 am and 9 pm during these days. A special team to maintain and repair ambulances has also been formed for the day, for which the GVK-EMRI has tied up with local workshops.
Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Surat are likely to witness 6.28, 18.98, 15.83 and 31.08 percentage rise in emergencies on Diwali this year, respectively. On new year, emergency cases in three cities are projected to rise 11.26, 15.56, 46.85 and 21.32 percentage, respectively, while on Bhai Bij it is expected to go up by 5.16, 27.76, 21.74 and 23.34 percentage, respectively. “As per our observation, there is generally a rise in emergencies during festival season, but Diwali po0ses special challenge for which we need special preparation,” Prajapati said.
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