As per World Health Organisation:
- In India 51 per cent people cannot get an ambulance facility
- Around 40 per cent people die due to not reaching the hospital on time
- An ambulance should generally reach patient within 10 minutes but due to traffic it reaches late. This delay could mean a matter of life or death for ailing patients
In case an emergency arises the patient has to wade his way out to the hospital with lots of difficulties. And one of the most difficult situations is traffic chaos. The ambulance carrying the patient gets stuck in the traffic and it sometimes can cost the patient his life.
In a metropolitan city like Mumbai, where traffic delays are common, a few months ago the state government had launched bike ambulances to cater the needy patients. Now, Lodha Foundation, an NGO has also launched this service in an area in south Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated this bike ambulance on Tuesday, May 01.
While speaking about this project CM Fadnavis said, “In a city like Mumbai, where roads and lanes are narrow, the bike ambulance will be beneficial to make the way out through the traffic. This bike ambulance is equipped with all the necessary life-saving equipment.”
The bike ambulance will have a trained paramedic doctor and well equipped with medical gears such as an oxygen cylinder, heart, and BP monitoring machine, pulse rate monitoring machine and necessary first-aid medicines. As of now, this bike ambulance facility is available in South Mumbai’s Malabar hill area. The patients who need to avail of this service will have to dial 1278 for this service.