Bhubaneswar, Nov 1: To further enhance emergency healthcare services, the Odisha government has granted approval for the acquisition of 70 additional ambulances. These new ambulances will addition to the existing task force of 108 vehicles, consisting of 30 advanced life support (ALS) ambulances and 40 basic life support (BLS) ambulances.
In a letter addressed to the superintendents of all medical colleges and hospitals, as well as the Chief District Medical & Public Health Officers, Health and Family Welfare department Secretary Shalini Pandit issued directives on Tuesday. She instructed them to hire ambulance care assistants, drivers, and EMTs by the end of November.
Pandit emphasized the importance of preparing the members with suitable training to operate the ambulances effectively when they are allocated to the superintendents of medical colleges and district authorities. Each ambulance will be staffed with three support members, including a driver, and they will work in three shifts.
These additional ambulances will be utilized to provide support for patients under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) who are referred to private hospitals, carry out duties related to prisons, and provide assistance during special events.
The necessary funds for fuel and compensation for the ambulance staff have been allocated under the relevant budgetary allocation, as stated by the secretary.