Friday, February 26, 2010

High-tech call centre for Arogya Kavacha soon

High-tech call centre for Arogya Kavacha soon

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 26 Feb 2010 04:45:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 26 Feb 2010 10:14:55 AM IST
BANGALORE: A high-tech call centre for Arogya Kavacha- 108 ambulance services will be installed in Bangalore, similar to the models followed in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said at the launch of Arogya Kavacha-108 ambulances on Thursday.
As per the commitment made by the state government to provide 517 ambulances under the Arogya Kavacha-108 scheme, 409 were already serving in all 30 districts since November 1, 2008.
A 108 ambulances were added on Thursday.
The scheme being implemented under Public Private Partnership (government and GVK-EMRI) provides free ambulance services for medical, police, fire and other emergencies.
Since its operation, the centre has received more than one crore calls and so far served 3.55 lakh emergencies, with 1.22 lakh pregnancy-related calls.
The 108 services have been helpful, especially in rural areas, with 41 per cent of the total emergencies served relating to maternal complications.
Among others injuries are road traffic accidents, accounting to 17.39 pc, acute abdominal problems-11.4 pc, respiratory disorders-4.45 pc, cardiac problems-4.3 pc, poisoning and drug overdose- 3.04 pc and suicides-0.31 pc.
Health Minister B Sriramulu and Dr GV Krishna Reddy, chairman, GVK were present.

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