Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena today flagged off 26 more Ambulances under the 108 Ambulance service.
Keeping the rising demand for emergency health care service particularly in tribal dominated area, the state government has made provision for additional 92 ambulances under 108 ambulance scheme from its own resources.
In December 2017, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had dedicated 92 ambulances to the people of the state and flagged off 24 ambulances on that day.
While 26 ambulances were flagged off today, the rest 42 ambulances would be deployed in service of the people soon, official sources here said.
The 108 ambulance service was started in the state in 2013 and till now 444 ambulances have been providing free service in all the 30 districts of the state.
Out of the 444 ambulances while 388 are providing basic life support, 56 ambulances are providing advanced life support.
In addition to 108 ambulance service, as many as 500 number of 102 ambulances are operating in the state to rush pregnant women and sick infants to hospitals.
So far, more than 35 lakh people had already been benefitted by the service. It has also played a major role in reducing the IMR and MMR in the state.
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