108 emergency ambulance saved 18,000 live in 2014

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 22:20 IST

Expressing their satisfaction over the functioning of 108 free medical emergency services ambulances, the district administration informed on Wednesday that around 18,000 lives were saved by the service in 2014 in the district.

The maximum number of cases pertained to pregnant women.

Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said that this facility has proved to be a boon to the people and has saved thousands of precious lives by providing immediate health services.

Roojam said that total 16 108-ambulances have been operational in the district.

The service was used for nine cases of animal/snake bite, 61 cases of burning, 214 of heart attacks, 251 cases of accidents, 4,960 cases of pregnant women and 3,928 cases of child birth.

Roojam said that as many as 1,444 cases of severe head injuries were also addressed by the ambulance services along with 30 cases of attempt to suicide.

This 24X7 service has proved to be a boon, especially for those who have no means of taking patient to the hospitals in time, Roojam said.

Total no of 108 Ambulances: 16

Case breakup

Pregnant women: 4960

Child birth: 3928

Road accidents with severe head injuries: 1444

Other accidents: 251

Heart attacks: 214

Burning cases: 61

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