Mission Fateh: Covid surge in Punjab: 77 new ambulances put into operation

Chandigarh, August 14, 2020: In order to ensure quick emergency services to patients during the tough time of the pandemic, 77 new ambulances are being pressed into operation, informed Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health Minister, Punjab.
Flagging off 15 Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulances from Mohali, the Health Minister informed that to fulfill the shortage of ambulances in government hospitals, the Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has given a nod to procure 100 more Ambulances.
He said that in first phase, order for 77 Ambulances has been placed; out of which 17 Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulances have already been given to the Districts.
These ALS Ambulances are fully equipped with life saving equipment such as Ventilators, Defibrillators, Multi-Para Patient Monitor, Suction Machine, Nebulizers etc.
Today, the delivery of the 60 BLS ambulances has commenced with the first lot of 15 ambulances and the remaining will be made available by the end of August, 2020.
These ambulances are proving to be one of the main pillars of fighting the pandemic by reducing significantly the time required for transit of critical patients to the required health facilities.
The Emergency Ambulances reach the place within 20 minutes in urban areas and within 30 minutes in rural areas.
The Health Minister said that at a time when Punjab is seeing a rise in numbers of positive patients, the addition of these new ambulances will further give boost to the efforts of fighting the pandemic.
The new ALS and BLS ambulances would prove to be life saving for patients developing respiratory and other critical issues, said the Health Minister, Punjab.
It may be observed that from March to July, 2020, Ambulance 108 has handled 25177 COVID related cases, stated Balbir Singh and added that there are presently 19 ALS and 223 BLS ambulances already operational in the State which have been deputed at strategic places and are connected with ‘108’ Emergency Response System (ERS).
MD, Punjab Health System Corporation, Tanu Kashyap, Director, Dr. Balwant Singh and other officials from Punjab Health System Corporation were present on the occasion.

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