Up to 120 Advanced Resuscitation Ambulances (ALS) have been added as part of the Arogya Kavacha – 108 service in Bengaluru. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai inaugurated the new ambulances on Sunday.
Speaking at the program, Minister of Health K. Sudhakar said: “There are around 710 ambulances operating under Arogya Kavacha – 108 and 155 of them are ALS ambulances. All 120 reported by CM today are ALS ambulances.
The minister said the ambulance service is an integral part of the healthcare delivery system and plays a vital role in saving lives in an emergency. “Our government is committed to expanding its network and improving the quality of services,” he added.
According to a statement, the Arogya Kavacha, which was introduced in 2008 by then-chief minister BS Yediyurappa and then health minister Sriramulu, will be given a facelift.
“If technologies like GPS, mobile app are adopted, we can make sure the ambulance reaches the patient within 10 to 15 minutes. The hospital mapping makes it possible to identify the nearest available hospitals and also provides transparency. Now it takes about 30-45 minutes for an ambulance to reach the patient in urban and rural areas, that’s even more. We are working to reduce the turnaround time to 10 to 15 minutes by using technology and also increasing the number of ambulances, ”said Dr Sudhakar.
At present, there is an ambulance for 1 lakh of inhabitants and the government wants to increase it to make one for 45,000 to 50,000 inhabitants, he said. “We are also providing training for drivers and paramedics to make the service more user-friendly,” said the minister.
The health minister also said that the government is administering around 3.8 lakh doses of the vaccine each day on average, which is more than the number of doses administered across Russia. “We are missing a few lakhs to complete 5 crore doses and we will soon reach this great milestone,” he added.