With Amloh Civil Hospital's 108 Ambulance lying in repair for the past 10-15 days, emergency services have been affected as the hospital has only one ambulance of its own and a morning-shift driver.
With ambulance service becoming a premium, residents in and around the area have been left to fend for themselves in case of an emergency.
An official of the Amloh Civil Hospital, on condition of anonymity, said emergency services were affected, especially at night. Though the hospital had one ambulance of its own, only one driver had been appointed and he worked the morning shift. There wasn't a driver for the night.
And with Amloh hospital's 108 Ambulance lying in repair, they had to borrow 108 ambulances from nearby areas, he said.
Jasdev Singh, a resident of Amloh, said people were forced to use their own vehicles or make other arrangements to get to the hospital.
The department should arrange for a round-the-clock ambulance because serious cases first aid can be administered in these vans using the equipment installed in them, he said.
Gurbir Singh, district in charge of 108 Ambulance, confirmed that Amloh hospital's ambulance problems with its battery. They had replaced the battery, but it still did not work. So, they had asked to replace the battery, he said.
Singh said they borrowed an ambulance from either from Mandi Gobindgarh or Patiala, when the need arose.
Amloh medical officer Gulzar Singh said that the lack of an ambulance never posed a serious issue because the 108 service arranged for an ambulance from neighbouring areas, whenever they asked for one.
Confirming that the hospital had only one driver, Singh said they had been rotating his shifts to tackle the problem.
He had written to the department to get the vehicle repaired at the earliest, claimed Amloh medical officer.