Govt rolls out hi-tech ambulance services

Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with M/s BVG India Limited for outsourcing and operationalization of 102 and 108 ambulance services across the state.

The MoU was signed in presence of Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo here.

Among others, Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K, Managing Director JKMSCL and other officers of the department were also present on the occasion.

“The intervention will prove to be a boon in saving precious lives by providing timely medical care to people, particularly residing in far-flung and difficult pockets of the state. The state government will bring a fleet of 416 ambulances under the ambit of this service, which will be operationalised through a centralised call centre working on 24×7 basis. 102 ambulance service will provide free of cost service to the targeted population,” a statement issued by JKMSCL said.

Accordingly, it said, an agreement was executed between M/s BVG India Limited and JKMSCL for the roll-out of the project within a period of 12 weeks from the date of execution of the agreement.

Regarding the operational component, the officials informed that operationalization of 116 ambulances, which includes the provision of human resources including drivers and paramedical, running and maintenance cost of these ambulances on 24×7 basis, establishment and operationalization of call centres (toll-free) for effective management of ambulances services including deployment of these at strategic locations across the state of Jammu and Kashmir will be done as per the MoU.

The officials further said that the running and integration of call centre for the existing fleet of 300 ambulances will also be done.

The manpower, maintenance and fueling of these ambulances shall be done by the end-user, which is Directorate of Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir, they said.