To ensure safety of pilgrims during the Ardh Kumbh Snans (bathing rituals), the health department's river ambulance service is all set to start from December 25. It is for the first time that the river ambulance service will be introduced for the Ardh Kumbh pilgrims here.
The river ambulance will remain deputed at the Sangam Nose or at Qila Ghat.
The river ambulance will be equipped with the first aid box and other life saving drugs. The river ambulance will have health staff and expert divers to save people from drowning during the Snan. A doctor will also remain present at the river ambulance on the main bathing days.
The health department has further made special preparations to provide emergency treatment to the cardiac patients.
"The ECG has been installed at the main hospital at Parade ground, to provide immediate treatment to the cardiac patients, in case of any complications.
A cardiologist will remain posted at the hospital to take care of these patients.
In case of any emergency, the patient will be shifted to the Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital, where beds have been reserved for the patients referred from the Mela hospital," said Dr Murari Verma, officer on special duty (health).
Dr Verma said the ECG services have already started. Besides, the 11 sector hospitals have also started functioning. Four beds have been reserved for patients suffering from water borne diseases.
"The field sampling of insecticide has also started. It will be ensured that the Mela remains free of mosquito and other insects," he added.