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.