In order to ensure timely transfer of patients requiring advanced medical treatment in tertiary-care hospitals, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,Monday launched four cardiac-and-trauma care ambulances for the benefit of general public. As part of the Emergency Medical Service, the fully-equipped critical care ambulances shall be stationed at Sangrama, Anantnag, Pampore and Jammu, which have been strategically chosen, so that patients are shifted to tertiary hospitals well in time for advanced medical treatment in cases of emergency. Minister for Health & Medical Education, Ch. Lal Singh, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari and Minister for Health & Social Welfare, Asiea Naqash, were present. Appreciating the gesture of Borderless World Foundation, a Pune-based NGO which provided the ambulances, Mufti Sayeed highlighted the need for deployment of more critical care transport whenever a patient has care needs exceeding the current emergency medical service standards. The Chief Minister also emphasized upon providing select group of doctors and paramedics, who are trained in practice modalities, so that patients are provided highest level of monitoring and care required in exceptional situations. Ch. Lal Singh informed the Chief Minister that around 70 ambulances procured under NHM have been pressed into service to facilitate quick referrals so that patients’ lives are saved. He said the department will make ambulances GPS-enabled so as to ensure their availability for transportation of patients who require advanced medical treatment. The ambulances have been provided by Borderless World Foundation, in collaboration with Kashmir-based Centre for Research and Development Policy. The Directorate of Health Services, which has signed a MoU with the NGOs, will provide staff, which includes doctors, paramedics and drivers for effective functioning of the service. Each ambulance has been provided a cell number so that the service becomes accessible to the people. Also present were Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr. Samir Mattoo, Mission Director NHM, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Project Director, J&K Aids Control Society, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman and Dr. Sohail Masoodi from Borderless World Foundation.
2015 Kashmir Despatch