Himachal becomes the first state to launch 108 Bike Ambulance Service in northern India

Himachal Pradesh is the fourth State in the country after Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Goa to start this Bike Ambulance Service.
North Gazette News/ Shimla
The hill state of Himachal Pradesh has become the first State in the Northern India to launch 108 bike ambulance Service.

This service was launched by the chief minister Jai Ram Thaku from H.P. Vidhan Sabha Complex here today by flagging-off two Bike Ambulances. This service would be implemented in PPP mode by GVK, EMRI. Himachal Pradesh is the fourth State in the country after Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Goa to start this Bike Ambulance Service.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the Bike Ambulance Service has been launched in the State, keeping in view the geographical conditions of the State. He said it was felt that many a times it became difficult for 108 Ambulance service to reach the spot due to traffic congestion in Shimla town or due to non-availability of proper ambulance roads. He added that the bike ambulance service would supplement the already functional 108 National Ambulance Service. The Service in first phase, would be implemented, in Shimla town and thereafter replicated in other parts of the State.
The Chief Minister claimed that 108 Bike Ambulance Service, also known as First Response Bike, would go a long way, in providing better 108 Ambulance Services, to the patients and accident victims. He said that the 108 Bike Ambulance, would be equipped with, first aid kit such as medical equipments and medicines etc. He said that on receiving call on 108 in Shimla city, the Emergency Response Officer (ERO) would ascertain whether it would be appropriate to send an Ambulance or a Bike ambulance, keeping in view, the seriousness of the patients as well as, the topography of the concerned area.
Chief Minister said that the Bike Ambulance Service on reaching the spot, would provide first aid to the patient and thereafter, if required, call the regular 108 Ambulance.
Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Health Minister Vipin Parmar, Transport Minister Govind Thakur, Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Chief Minister Manisha Nanda, Principal Secretary Health Prabodh Saxena, Director NRHM Pankaj Rai and other senior Officers of the health department were present on the occasion among others.

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