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Free ambulance facility set to expand in HP

The all-day free ambulance service in the state,the Atal Swasthya Sewa,is set to receive a major expansion in the next few months with the state government seeking to induct at least 64 more ambulances for the benefit of critically-ill patients,who are referred to district and other higher hospitals from local health centres.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: February 4, 2012 3:32:21 am

The all-day free ambulance service in the state,the Atal Swasthya Sewa,is set to receive a major expansion in the next few months with the state government seeking to induct at least 64 more ambulances for the benefit of critically-ill patients,who are referred to district and other higher hospitals from local health centres.

The state government has reportedly written to the ministry of health and family welfare,seeking permission for expansion of service under the National Rural Health Mission,by citing that at times patients taken to nearest health centres in rural areas,require specialised treatment to save their lives. “We are also exploring possibilities of allowing patients to be taken to nearest health institutions in border states like Punjab in case of extreme emergencies,rather than institutions in the state,” a senior official said.

The ambulances are equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) and it takes them 25 minutes to reach a person in urban areas and 35 minutes in rural areas.

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