The city will get a 24-hour ambulance service for cardiac patients in the next four months.
The Brihanmumbai Munici-pal Corporation will finally implement its plan of starting the ambulance service, that was first proposed in 2006 after the July 11 train blasts.
Thirty such ambulances — equipped with respirators, doctors and paramedics — will be available in civic hospitals.
According to health officials, these ambulances will reduce the fatality rate in cases of cardiac arrest by 50 per cent.
“The ambulances will have electrocardiogram equipment. A doctor and a nurse will also be present on board,” said additional municipal commissioner Kishore Gajbhiye.
Ambulances usually do not have doctors or nurses. A defibrillator and a pulse oxymeter will also be available.
“Half an hour after the attack is said to be the golden period when patients can be saved from succumbing to cardiac arrest. With these ambulances, more lives can be saved, as equipment and expertise will all be onboard,” Gajbhiye said.
In Mumbai, more than 7,000 people die due to heart attacks and of them 30 per cent die due to a delay in transportation or access to timely medical facilities. The ever-increasing traffic in the city is one of the reasons for the delay.
Last week, the BMC acquired 19 ambulances which will be allocated on a ward-wise basis. “We will be looking at patient loads and accordingly, ambulances will be distributed to the city’s hospitals,” said Gajbhiye.
An order of 30 ambulances will cost the BMC Rs 10 crore.
During the serial train blasts that killed 187 people, many died because they had to be transported in autorickshaws and private vehicles, as there were no enough ambulances.