Bhubaneswar18/5/23:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 24 new Basic Life Support ambulances and 299 modified Advanced Life Support ambulances for the people of the state at Naveen Niwas this evening. The move will facilitate advanced ambulance services to every block of the state, said the Chief Minister.
It is worth noting that 108 emergency ambulance services were started in the state on March 5, 2013 and till now 624 ambulances are providing free services to the people of 30 districts across the state. Out of these 624 ambulances, 512 are basic life saving ambulances and 112 are advanced life saving ambulances. Along with this, 6 boat ambulances are also working.
Provision has been made for commission of 92 new emergency ambulances on a phased basis to further improve the emergency ambulance service, out of which 24 new ambulances have already been procured and Rs 9.6 crores have been spent for this. In addition, 299 basic life support ambulances have been converted into advanced life support ambulances (BLS converted to ALS) and implemented from today. After this upgrade, the total number of state-of-the-art advanced life support ambulances in the state has reached 411. The state government has spent a total of 52 crore rupees from its own funds for this upgrade. This will ensure that at least one modified Advanced Life Support ambulance service can be provided in each block.
Apart from this, 500 Janni Express ambulances are also working to take pregnant mothers and sick children to the hospital. So far more than 88 lakh people of the state have been benefited by different ambulance services.
Health Minister Niranjan Pujari, Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister, (5T) VK Pandian, Health Secretary Shalini Pandit and senior officials of the health department were present in the program.