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Major cities to get extra ambulances for Diwali

The GVK EMRI has decided to deploy 8-10 more “108 ambulances” in the major cities to meet the demand for medical emergency during the Diwali.

The GVK EMRI has decided to deploy 8-10 more “108 ambulances” in the major cities to meet the demand for medical emergency during the Diwali festival. The EMRI management expects 45.41% hike in emergencies during Diwali this year.

“In total 525 ambulances ,with additional 8 to 10 ambulances in the major cities,have been allotted for this Diwali to reduce casualties taking place during the festival of lights. We are making arrangements for additional medicines and equipment for this Diwali since a month. A team of 3,000 EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) pilots and other officers have been appointed to work 24×7.

Usually emergency cases rise maximum during Diwali,its eve and even New Year. The cases rise up to 2,500 to 3,200 per day during Diwali and New Year,while on normal days 2,000 to 2,200 cases are reported. The cases mostly include those of burn injuries,assault cases and respiratory problem cases.” says Jashvant Prajapati,Chief Operating Officer of EMRI.

More than 41 lakh cases have been registered till today since 2007 and more than 2 lakh lives have been saved till now.

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Ambulances are placed at “hot spots”,which Prajapati defines as “a place where expected emergency can be catered by minimum travel and transport.

Such hot spots are decided on the basis of the past calls. S G Highway,S P Ring Road,Sarangpur bridge are some of the hot spots from where the maximum calls are registered”.

He also added that during 5 days holiday of Diwali,some vendors specially keep their shops open in order to help the paramedics in case of an emergency or some breakdown.”

HARITA DAVE