Ambulance stuck in traffic jams has always been one of the biggest problems during medical emergencies. To ease this problem amid rush hours of traffic jam, Lodha foundation has come up with a blockbuster solution of 24×7 bike ambulance service.
The charitable trust based in Mumbai, on Sunday launched a free 24×7 bike ambulance service equipped with first-aid kit and oxygen cylinder. This service will help carry critical patients in a short period of time to the nearest hoslital. The founder of Lodha Foundation, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, while giving an insight of this project said that, this ambulance bike is well capable of entering narrow lanes during rush hours. It also has emergency facilities like a normal ambulance that includes a medical kit, stretcher and oxygen cylinder along with the space at the back for a doctor to sit.
Many of us are unaware of the fact that such bike ambulances have been running in the city since August last year. And have also received a great response of around 1500 calls from different parts of the city according to an NDTV report.
These bike ambulances introduced by the state government are designed as an emergency first responder service. It is available to us through a ‘108’ free help line, and has teams of paramedics providing treatment. The strength of these ambulances currently is 10 and is operated by an integrated services company called BVG India. These bikes are also said to be equipped with a medical kit, trauma medical management kit and airway management kit.
As per quoted in a February 2018 NDTV report, the State Health Minister Deepak Sawant said, “keeping in mind the exceptional response this bike ambulance service has received in Mumbai, the government is planning to launch 30 additional ambulance bikes out of which 10 will be used in Mumbai,” He further added, “Apart from 10 new bikes in Mumbai, 20 such vehicles will run in inaccessible places in Jawhar, Mokhada, Nandurbar and Melghat regions,”
According to the minister, these bike ambulances are already operating in areas like Bhandup, Malad, Charkop, Nagpada, Goregaon Film City, Mankhurd, Dharavi Police Station, Thakur Village in Kandivali, Khar Police Station and Kalina University Campus, Santacruz. The Government is believed to be planning on increasing the number of these bike ambulances and run such services in tribal dominated areas like Palghar as well.
It is seen in many cases that people are unable to take advantage of the resources government and charitable trusts make available to us. And this especially happens with medical and emergency services. The main reason for this as always is lack of awareness. In a time where we can share any message to hundreds of people at the same time with just one click, lack of awareness about such services is something we must all be shameful about.
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