Advisor Kumar flags off four 108 critical care ambulances for Ladakh

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Ladakh: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today visited Kashmir Nursing Home, an Associated Hospital of GMC Srinagar where he flagged off 04 Critical Care Ambulances under 108 Ambulatory Services to be deployed in twin districts of Ladakh. The ambulances are being procured by the National Health Mission J&K.

Financial Commissioner Health Atal Dulloo, MD NHM Bhupinder Kumar, Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Kunzes Dolma, Medical Superintendent Kashmir Nursing Home Dr Bakshi Jehangir, senior doctors were present on the occasion.

The Advisor was apprised that keeping in view the upcoming winter season and giving coverage to snow bound areas, 04 Ambulances including 02 Advanced Life Support (ALS) and two Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances will be deployed in Ladakh.

It was further informed that under the 108 Ambulatory Service, 416 ambulances were procured out of which 300 (102 Ambulatory Service) are transport ambulances and rest 116 (108 Ambulatory Service) are to be converted into ALS and BLS ambulances. At present 04 ambulances are ready with the all necessary equipments and the work on the rest vehicles is underway in the workshop established in Jammu especially for the purpose, the Advisor was informed.

The representative of the private company Bharat Vikas Group, which is developing these special vehicles,briefed the Advisor about the emergency equipments that are fitted in the Ambulances including ventilator and other important medical gadgets. He informed that the trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and driver that are deployed with these ambulances have been fully trained by the company to take care of patients during their transportation to the health institutions.

The EMTs and driver for ALS would be provided by the company while as EMTs would be provided by State Health Department and driver by the company.

The Advisor also interacted with the EMTs who gave demonstration of the equipments fitted in the ambulance with their usage. It was stressed that focused attention be also given for the maintenance of these vehicles and the staff deployed should also be provided updated training.

He also asked for effective coordination among all agencies involved in the successful implementation of 108 Ambulatory Services including Health, Traffic Police, Police and NGOs. Stress was also laid on creating awareness among people for availing ambulance services.

While enquiring about the delivery of all the Ambulances as part of the programme, it was ensured that rest of the equipped vehicles would be handed over to the government by the end of November 2019.

Later, the Advisor visited various units/wards of Kashmir Nursing Home where he was briefed by Medical Superintendent Dr Bakshi Jehangir about their functioning.

At the hospital, the Advisor visited ECG, USG, Operation Theatre, Laboratory and other important units. He also visited Oncology Department where the concerned doctors apprised him about the inflow of cancer patients and the facilities that are available for them at the hospital.

The Advisor was also briefed about the other activities that are being carried out by the hospital along with the details of land bank available with the hospital.

While complimenting the hospital administration for maintaining cleanliness in the hospital, he asked for ensuring patient friendly atmosphere so that people coming for treatment do not face any inconvenience.

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