AP acquires 1,088 state-of-the-art mobile clinics to provide emergency medicare to patients
Andhra Pradesh (AP) government on Wednesday acquired a fleet of 1,088 state-of-the-art ambulances, which will serve as mobile clinics in both rural and urban areas, at an estimated cost of Rs 201 crore.
AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who flagged off the ambulances in Vijayawada, asserted that his government was committed to revamping the medical infrastructure in the state.
The new ambulances will operate with two separate toll-free numbers – 104 and 108.
While ambulances with toll-free number 104 will run as emergency services in rural areas, 108 will be for the urban parts of the state.
Of these new ambulances, 412 and 676 have been divided for urban and rural areas, respectively.
The ambulances will run as mobile clinics with advanced life support systems. The ambulances include 26 vehicles that will be used exclusively for neo-natal services equipped with incubators and other essential facilities for babies born with complications.
The CM said 676 ambulances would serve as Mobile Medical Units (MMUs), which would provide 20 types of medical services, including all screening for communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Altogether, 744 doctors would be made available for these services and they would visit a village once a month to offer medical services, he added.
Besides oxygen cylinders, these new ambulances would have ventillators, infusion pumps, syringe pumps, and comfortable stretchers besides provisions for delivery of babies. The vehicles are also enabled with surveillance cameras to ensure proper healthcare monitoring by doctors, he said.
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