Now internet gag hits Critical Care Ambulance project
A lifeline in an electrocardiogram and an ambulance
Srinagar, Dec 24:
Much awaited 102-108 Critical Care Ambulance service has again been suspended
in Kashmir, thanks to internet gag.
Health Department had decided to roll out 102 and 108 free ambulances by the
end of April. Later the deadline was extended to November 2019. With internet
suspended, the service has again missed the deadline
The 102 and 108
free ambulance services project was aimed to deal with emergencies and ferrying
referral patients from one place to another. Conceived in 2011, as many as 416
ambulances were supposed to be rolled out under this project. However, it has missed multiple deadlines
over the years.
An official of
the National Health Mission programme said Jammu and Kashmir government has
procured around 120 critical care ambulances so far. “We can’t make them
operational because internet is not working. We need internet because
ambulances are fitted with GPS,” he said.
Named after toll
free numbers — 102 and 108 – the people can avail the service by dialing the
number from any mobile or landline anytime.
The official said
the project also got delayed since there is no engineering wing in the Health
Department. “We don’t have adequate
trained manpower who can undertake such tasks. This project also got delayed
because of financial shortcomings,” he said.
Mission (NHM) was designated as the executive agency for the project. It was
supposed to release funds in order to start the project. “At present, it has
been put on hold because we don’t have access to internet,” the official said.
project, 50 ambulances were to be retrofitted for advanced life support (with
all lifesaving protocols).
Programme Manager for Emergency Care Dr Rashid Para said these ambulances would
be made operational soon in the new Union Territory.
“The project has
got hampered because of lack of internet services. These ambulances can be made
operational only when internet is working,” he said.
Para noted that
call centers for running these ambulances have been set up in Jammu.