Tribals staying in remote areas of Narmada, Gujarat, will now not have to worry about getting immediate treatment in any case of medical emergency as Narmada police authorities have introduced ‘Bike Ambulance Service’.
The service is launched with the help of Suraksha Setu programme of state home department. It is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India, which aims to give quick treatment to people injured in road accidents.
Many tribals residing in remote areas of Narmada do not get medical treatment on time as these areas have poor connectivity to Narmada district. Also, due to poor lighting, the roads are prone to accidents.
Currently, there are two bike ambulances. While one bike ambulance will be placed near the highway, the other will be placed in remote areas.
Bike ambulance is well equipped with comfortable bed, first-aid kit, Global Positioning System (GPS), wireless set, walkie-talkie for policemen and strips, which controls blood flow. The ambulance has a cover, which will protect patients against rainfall and harsh sunlight.
District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mahendra Singh Bagadia said, “We came up with the idea of bike ambulance as our aim is to provide fast treatment to patients before the golden hour of treatment is lost.”
These bike ambulances will be operated by policemen.
“Each bike ambulance has two policemen. All officers will be trained to ride the ambulance and how to take care of patients,” said Bagadia.
Cops took over a month-and-a-half to design the bike ambulance.