MoU for starting free 102 ambulance services signed
A new chapter has been added to the health services in the state with the singing of Memorandum of Understating (MoU) for starting free 102 ambulance services under Janani Shishu Surksha Yojna. The MoU was signed between Director National Health Mission, H.P, Shri Hans Raj Sharma and Director of GVK EMRI Shri K. Krishnam Raju, in the presence of Health Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur, here today. This service will be launched on Children’s Day on 14th November, 2014 and will be available with the toll free number 102.
Shri Kaul Singh Thakur said that the State Government had decided to provide free back drop facility to all pregnant women and new born babies upto one year of age. Under this scheme, 125 such ambulances would provide facility to the pregnant women, women after delivery and sick children upto the age of one year from the date of birth.
He said that one vehicle each would be stationed at all the 116 identified delivery points in the state and additional 9 vehicles would be deployed at delivery points with heavy load, as per the need. Health minister said that this free service would promote institutional deliveries which in turn would go a long way in further reducing the Maternal and Infant Mortality rate in the State.
He said that already operational National Ambulance service 108, had been providing emergency services to the people of the State and with the introduction of 102 back drop service, a new feather had been added to the health sector in the State.
The Health Minister said that the State government was committed towards development of comprehensive medical response system in the State. He said that all efforts were being made to achieve the cent-percent institutional delivery rate.
Principal Secretary Health Shri P.C. Dhiman, Director Medical Education Dr. Jaishri Sharma, Director Health Safety Regulation Shri Rameshvar Sharma, Additional Director Health Ms Tanuja Joshi and Shri Subodh Satyawadi from GVK EMRI were present on the occasion.