US-based Kashmiri doctors to launch ambulance service in Kashmir

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Kashmir:Alarmed by the number of road accident deaths in Jammu and Kashmir, a group of US based Kashmiri doctors is all set to provide fully equipped critical care ambulances.

“In the absence of emergency service in the ambulances, the US-based group of Kashmiri doctors have launched a programme to provide fully-equipped ambulances with paramedics and junior doctors on board,” the group of doctors said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The gesture has been prompted by the number of road related deaths and injuries, showing an alarming rise in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In such cases, the absence of pre-hospital care often makes it difficult to provide timely treatment to the patients. As a result, several lives are lost almost on a daily basis.”

To save such lives, a group of Kashmiri doctors named “Kashmera” based in US in collaboration with the state government and few NGOs, have launched a programme to provide ambulances to ferry the injured to the two premier hospitals in Srinagar.

The doctors said these ambulances, aimed at reducing the pre-hospital mortality rate, will be equipped with pre-hospital emergency care.

A study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2017 stated that Kashmir has highest number of deaths and disabilities caused by road accidents.