Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday dialled 108 to launch the state government’s emergency medical transportation service and said the ambulance service would be made available to people free of any charges.
After launching the Samajwadi Swasthya Seva, the chief minister spoke to the man on duty and handed over the keys of an ambulance to a driver Gajendra. Under the programme, ambulances would be provided in about 20 minutes for emergency services.
The chief minister also flagged some of the ambulances. These included 133 ambulances for the emergency services and 240 others for the Samajwadi Swastha Seva. Speaking on the occasion, Yadav made an obvious reference to the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, saying fingers had been pointed towards the state health department. His government was, however, making efforts to take the state ahead on the path of development, he added.
His government had already made a beginning in the direction of fulfilling the election promises by distributing the unemployment allowance, the CM said. “People have faith in us. We have to do a lot of work,” said the chief minister. He said efforts had to be made to set things right in the state health department. The CM congratulated health minister Ahmad Hasan on fast tracking the schemes of the health department.
First phase to cover 13 districts
A 100-seater call centre has been launched to run the 108 service. Thirteen districts covered under the 108 service in the first phase are Lucknow, Mainpuri, Etawah, Kannauj, Saharanpur, Meerut, Rampur, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Sambhal, Shamli, Baghpat and Ambedkar Nagar. By the next month, 972 ambulances will reach covering all 820 development blocks.