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CM flags off 24 new 108 Ambulances




 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated as many 24 new ambulances to operate under the 108 service.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the 108 Emergency Medical Ambulance Service launched in the State on March 5 in 2013 has at present a fleet of 420 vehicles covering all the 30 districts providing emergency medical service free of cost to the people.

The fleet has 364 'Basic Life Support7 (BLS) and 56 'Advanced Life Support' (ALS) ambulances, he added.

Patnaik said in addition to the 108 Ambulance Service, the State has a fleet of 500 ambulances under 102 Ambulance Service for transportation of pregnant mothers and sick infants benefitting over 31 lakh people of the State so far.

“This intervention has been instrumental in significant reductions in both the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the State,” he asserted.

The Chief Minister said in order to further improve the performance of Emergency Ambulance Service in the State, particularly in tribal districts and to meet the increasing demand for this service, the State Government has the an additional 92 Ambulances under the 108 fleet and provided for upgradation of 28 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances to Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, out of the State fund,to strengthen the existing ambulance fleet.

The State Government has made a budget provision of Rs 90 crore to be spent over a period of five years for these additional ambulances.

The remaining vehicles of the fleet of 92 ambulances will be rolled out phase-wise, across the State, said sources.






Editorial

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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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