Call 108 for ambulance within 20 minutes at your doorstep!

Gone are the days of 'sick' ambulances, lack of drivers, shortage of diesel and the hospital's inability to rise to the occasion during emergencies. People in medical emergencies in any corner of the district need not bother about inefficient ambulance service in hospitals. The State Government has started a revolutionary ambulance service which was flagged off by former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Raj-yotsava Day in Bangalore.

The emergency help is just a call away. Those who need the services may call toll-free Phone No. 108 (round-the-clock) and an ambulance reaches their doorsteps within 20 minutes to shift the patient to a hospital. Zilla Panchayat President K. Marigowda inaugurated the facility at a function held at J.K. Grounds this morning. MLA H.S. Shankaralingegowda released the ambulance vans by driving one of them.

Deputy Commissioner P. Mani-vannan, Zilla Panchayat CEO V. Shankar, District Health Officer Dr. D.S. Uma, MLAs Sa.Ra. Mahesh (K.R. Nagar), M. Satyanarayan (Chamundeshwari), H.P. Manjunath (Hunsur), MLC Thontadarya, Bharat Radha-krishnan, Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI), and others were present.

District in-charge Minister Shobha Karandlaje, who was to launch the facility, could not turn up. The Government in Association with EMRI, Secunderabad has introduced the facility. In the first phase of the service introduced in Mysore today, six ambulances have been released. Six more ambulances will be released either towards the end of next month or in the first week of January 2009.

The hi-tech ambulances are equipped with all the necessary equipment to deal with emergency medical needs. the facilities include oxygen, blood pressure monitoring equipment, special stretcher, spine board and also medicines for emergencies. The vehicles are fitted with Geographical Position System (GPS) with control room in Bangalore, sources in EMRI told Star of Mysore. People may call No. 108 either from a landline or mobile telephone without the need for using the STD code.

The vehicles in service at Mysore will be placed in the jurisdiction of selected Police Stations. One of them will in the jurisdiction of K.R.Hospital in city.  Each vehicle will have a staff comprising two pilots and two Emergency Medical Technicians, on 12-hour shift.