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Posted at: Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 AM; last updated: Feb 13, 2018, 12:24 AM (IST)

10 lakh calls for 108 service in 7 years

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 12

GVK EMRI has attended to more than 10 lakh emergencies at its 108 emergency response centre in the state so far. The ambulance service was launched in the state on December 25, 2010, and is being run under the PPP mode.

According to information, an average of 395 emergency cases were received on a daily basis.

Mehul Sukumaran, state head of GVK EMRI, said the 108 national service, with a fleet of 198 ambulances, had spread across the state.

“We have attended to more than 10,29, 520 emergency cases in the state so far. Of these, 10,00,031 were medical-related emergencies, 23,681 police-related and 5,808 were fire-related cases,” said Mehul.

“The service is a boon for expectant mothers. At least 2,03,958 pregnancy-related emergencies have been reported at our centre so far and 8,919 deliveries have been conducted. At least 77,357 lives were also saved,” he added.

He said the 108 emergency response centre at Dharampur in Solan received on an average 2,573 calls per day and 99.1 per cent of them were answered within two rings. “The emergency response officer collects all information and arranges for an ambulance to be sent to the spot. The entire process is completed within 89 seconds, he added.

“Despite difficult terrain and widely scattered and thinly populated areas, the scheme has been a great success in Himachal Pradesh, with an average response time of 12 minutes and 10 seconds in urban areas and 35 minutes and 8 seconds in rural areas” he added.

The GVK EMRI authorities successful had conducted a delivery inside the ambulance at the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass last winter.

The patient was referred to the Kullu regional hospital from Lahaul-Spiti. Her condition was stated to be critical.

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