The Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS),a project of the Government of Maharashtra under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM),will be executed by the consortium of BVG India Ltd and UKs ambulance services provider UKSAS. The free emergency medical service will have a toll free number,108,catering to the entire population in the state.
A release issued here said 937 ambulances would be deployed across the state. Of these,233 will be Advanced Life Saving and the rest will be Basic Life Saving ambulances. Each will be equipped with a driver,a doctor and pre-defined drugs and consumables. The Emergency Response Centre,one of the key components of MEMS delivery,is being developed at Aundh Chest Hospital,Pune. It will operate round the clock through the centrally-operated toll free telephone number,108,which can be dialed through mobile and landline connections from any part of the state.
To review progress of the project,Health Minister Suresh Shetty,Chief Secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia and Additional Chief Secretary (Health) T C Benjamin paid visits to the MEMS headquarters in Pune.