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GPS-enabled ambulances now just a call away

india Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:34 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
Leena Dhankhar

In an effort to meet medical emergencies more swiftly, the health department and the district administration have introduced 24x7 helplines for GPS-enabled ambulances.

The ambulances will be parked at district civil hospital.

Display boards carrying the helpline numbers are being put up at Iffco Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk and Jharsa Chowk to create awareness among citizens.

"Many times, the condition of road accident victims deteriorates due to a slight delay in ambulance availability. This system will definitely help the needy," said a health department spokesperson.

"A control room has been established by District Red Cross Society at the civil hospital. Operators will be deputed to respond to the callers and send the ambulances," he added.

A person shall be charged Rs. 7 per km for the ambulance service, but the facility is free for Below Poverty Line card (BPL) holders, yellow card holders, roadside accident victims, slum dwellers and pregnant women.