Rescue fleet ready to roll
Jamshedpur: Chief minister Raghubar Das on Friday announced that the first fleet of 50 highway ambulances would be rolled out on November 15, when Jharkhand celebrates its 17 years of existence.
Das, who was in Chakulia - 85km from here - to inaugurate a 25-bed hospital, said the fleet would comprise both advanced life support and basic life support ambulances, which can be called by dialling 108. "Thereafter, the government will roll out 50 ambulances every month. We plan to have one ambulance for every 1 lakh people," he said.
Sources in the health department said for starters, Bafna Healthcare of Noida and Natraj Motors of Ahmedabad had been entrusted with the task of transforming 329 vans into ambulances with life-saving equipment.
"GPS will be installed in each vehicle and their location will be monitored at a centralised call centre near Doranda, Ranchi. The idea is to honour the golden hour rule and save lives," a health official said.