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Odisha Health & Family Welfare Minister flagged off 42 108 ambulances under the Emergency Medical Ambulance Service

Bhubaneswar:10/10/18: Health & Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena flagged off 42 108 ambulances under the Emergency Medical Ambulance Service at the OSRTC Campus near AG Square here on Wednesday. With this, the number of ambulances notched up to 512.

Reportedly, the ambulances are part of the 92 ambulances that the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated to the people of the state. The state government has made a budget provision of Rs 90 crore for the additional ambulances.

Among others, health department commissioner-cum-secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Director Shalini Pandit, and other departmental officers and officials of 108 Ambulance Service provider were present during the flagging-off ceremony.

Notably, the 108 Emergency Medical Ambulance Service was launched March 5, 2013 and presently has a fleet of 470 vehicles including 414 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances and 56 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances.

In addition to the 108 Ambulance Service, the state also acquires a fleet of 500 ambulances under 102 Ambulance Service for transportation of pregnant mothers and sick infants.

Earlier on December 23, 2017, the CM had flagged off 24 ambulances while on July 12 he inducted 26 more.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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