Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday launched a two-wheeler ambulance service in Chennai to rush first aid to accident victims.
According to an official release, precious human lives are lost due to road mishaps. Listing out the negative aspects of such incidents, the release said the government led by Jayalalithaa has been setting up trauma care centres besides increasing the number of ‘108’ ambulances from 385 to 755 in the last five years. It also listed out various emergency health care measures implemented by her government.
“In a bid to upgrade the 108 emergency service further, Jayalalithaa flagged off 41 two-wheeler ambulances,” it said, adding that out of the 41, 31 would be motor cycles and 10 would be scooters. These vehicles would be operated by not just men, but also women.
“For the first time in India, women medical assistants are operating this,” it said.
It said thanks to this measure, first-aid would reach to accident victims within 10 minutes of the mishap, which is considered as platinum minutes.
Immobilisation, resuscitation, oxygen, bleeding control and other things would be carried out. “Before the 108 ambulance reaches the spot, these two-wheelers would attend the victims, thus bringing down the response time,” the release said.
The two-wheelers have been equipped with portable oxygen cylinder, pulsoxymeter, BP apparatus, glucometer, digital thermometer etc, apart from siren.