Karnataka mulls motorcycle ambulance service in cities

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    MANGALORE: The emergency health care delivery system in urban pockets of Karnataka could see a first of its kind service based on the United Kingdom model of motorcycle ambulance. And this seemingly futuristic concept, as far as Indian healthcare system is concerned, could get a look in when the union minister for health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad visits Bangalore on Friday, said minister for health and family welfare UT Khader.

    Azad has taken keen interest in the various initiatives launched by the state health department such as the general health insurance scheme mooted for above poverty line (APL) people, the Arogya Pushti biscuits that we have launched in select districts on trial basis, Khader told reporters here. "We will also be putting forth the idea of starting motorcycle ambulances in densely populated city areas at this meeting with the union minister," he said.

    It is difficult for an ambulance to reach an accident victim on time in cities with their bustling traffic, Khader said, adding that the idea of introducing motorcycle ambulances is to cut down on response time. "The motorcycle ambulance will be modified to carry a stretcher and the trained paramedical person astride it will have the knowledge to stabilize an accident victim on the spot till such time that he can be attended to properly," Khader noted.

    The health department is toying with the idea of integrating the proposed service with 108 Arogya Kavach ambulance service so that the 108 help line can direct the nearest motorcycle ambulance to the spot. "A modified motorcycle ambulance with life saving equipment can be set up for approximately Rs 3-5 lakh," the minister said, adding such a service will be deployed in city corporation areas of the state where their usefulness will be the most.

    Karnataka mulls motorcycle ambulance service in cities - The Times of India

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