By: ML Verma
Shimla (Jan 19): A boy baby was born in a ambulence operating under the Atal Swasthya Sewa Ambulance Service Scheme, while it was on the way to DDU Hospital here last evening, an official informed today.
A spokespersons of GVK EMRI (Emergency Management Research Institute), a Hyderabad based ambulance firm, told HimVani that delivery was conducted by an emergency medical technician (EMT). The state has tied up with GVK-EMRI under a public-private partnership mode to run ambulance service in the state. The project is jointly funded by the National Rural Health Mission and the state government.
As ambulance got a call to pick up a delivery case with labour pains from Totu, on the outskirts of this town to drop her at the Rippon Hospital (also offically known as DDU). After attending the emergency, EMT asked the ambulance driver to park the vehicle on roadside and conducted the delivery. The woman and her newborn baby were later admitted to the hospital. According to the offical, the mother and baby are doing well.
The ambulence has been launched in Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Una, Hamirpur, Kangra and Bilaspur districts providing round-the-clock service through a toll free number 108. It is schedule to extended to the remaining districts, by March. The ambulances are furnished with life-saving equipment like automatic external defibrillator and drugs like anti-snake venom.
Equipped with GPS, the ambulances takes 25 minutes repid response time in urban areas and 35-45 minutes in rural areas. Himachal is the 11th state in the country and the second in north India after Uttarakhand to start this service.