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Odisha Chief Minister dedicated 47 new Advanced Life Support Ambulances to the people of Odisha

Bhubaneswar:14/4/21:: On the auspicious occasion of Maha Bishuba Sankranti and Odia New Year,  Odisha  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dedicated 47 new Advanced Life Support Ambulances to the people of Odisha on virtual mode.

Dedicating the new ambulances, the Chief Minister expressed hope that these ambulances will meet the increasing demand for transportation of patients with advanced life support systems. Wishing the people on the occasion of Odia New Year and Maha Bishuba Sankranti, the Chief Minister has expressed confidence that with the cooperation of people, we can beat the second wave as we have done last year during the second wave.

Out of these 47 ALS ambulances, 28 will be managed under 108 emergency ambulance services and 19 will be deployed at the Medical colleges and hospitals to facilitate emergency patient transportation at their level.

It may be mentioned here that in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19, the Chief Minister had directed for the provision of more advanced life support ambulances to further boost the reach and scale of the emergency patient transportation. Accordingly, the State Government had made provision for 47 new ALS ambulances.The total number of ALS Ambulances now stands at 103 which are running under 108 services to provide quality emergency care transport free of cost. These ambulances have been funded from various sources including MPLAD, CSR, DMF and OMBADC.

Odisha currently operates a fleet of 596 vehicles under Emergency Medical Ambulance Service, with 540 having Basic Life Support System & 56 having Advanced Life Support System. Additionally, 500 Janani Express ambulances are operating under Referral Transport Ambulance Service.

Besides, Odisha has sanctioned a fleet of six Boat Ambulances in riverine areas in Kendrapara, Kalahandi, Koraput & Malkangiri to provide transportation to sick and injured. Till now, 62 lakh+ people have benefited from both 108 & Janani Express ambulance services in the state.

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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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