West Bengal govt will soon start free ambulance service for road accident victims: Official – india news

To assist save lives of road accident victims by taking them to close by hospitals as shortly as potential, the West Bengal authorities will soon start a free-ambulance service, a senior official of the state well being division mentioned on Monday.

Starting with not less than 150 ambulances, the state authorities is for the time being establishing an in depth map of the accident susceptible zones and the close by hospitals, he mentioned.

This service will primarily work on the GPS system and for the identical, the state authorities will must bear a value of round Rs 30 crore, the official mentioned.

“This will definitely help us in saving the lives of road accident victims. We are targeting to take the victims to nearby hospitals or medical colleges or trauma care centre within 15 to 20 minutes after getting calls regarding the accident. This is in a planning stage and we are dying to start it as soon as possible,” he informed PTI.

There will be two varieties of ambulances fundamental life help ambulances and the advance life help ambulances, he mentioned, including {that a} toll free quantity will be given.

The Health division is in talks with the Public Works Department (PWD), police and the transport division, he mentioned.

“The police and the transport department have been asked to provide details of the accident prone areas in the state depending on which the PWD department will be preparing a map on the accident prone zones here for this kind of ambulance services,” he mentioned.

The map ‘Trauma care ambulance mappings’ will be having markings of the accident susceptible zones and close by hospitals.

The well being division can be mulling the choice of hiring ambulances from non-public operators, he mentioned.

“This will help us in cutting down in the budget,” the official mentioned.

Asked whether or not non-public hospitals will even be enrolled for the providers, the bureaucrat mentioned that for the time being the division has focused on together with these run by the state authorities.

“Thats also in our mind. It’s not that we have not spoken to them. But you will see that most of the best private hospitals are in and around the city. Anyway, we will see that option once this initiative is rolled out,” he added.

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