After Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Maharashtra is set to have bike ambulances. State Health Minister has confirmed that 20 bike ambulances will be launched in first week of June in the state, of which 10 will be deployed in Mumbai.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sawant said other 10 bike ambulances are for Melghat areas.
“We will be purchasing bikes that will be modified. This is a pilot project,” said Dr Sawant.
The plan to have bike ambulances was first announced by Dr Sawant in 2015. The state’s plan to have bike ambulance is on lines of London’s bike ambulances.
He said in Melghat, where most of the areas are not approachable via four wheelers, the bike ambulance will play a key role in providing for the health care. The department is thinking to buy Royal Enfield for the pilot project.
“The bike ambulance will be manned with either a doctor, BAMS degree holder or trained paramedics and the aim is to stabilise the person before our 108 ambulance services takes over and shifts the patient to hospital for further treatment,” said Dr Sawant.
The bike ambulance will be managed by 108 ambulance provider for six months.
“The basic idea is to provide health service in the golden hour time period. We will review how the pilot project works and then duplicate it other parts of Maharashtra,” said Dr Sawant.
The bike ambulances in Mumbai will be strategically placed at either fire brigade stations or railway stations.
Speaking about how bike ambulance will help in Mumbai, Dr Sawant said the four-wheel ambulances find it difficult to manoeuvre in city’s congested roads.
“The two-wheeler ambulance can find its way faster and ensure that in case of accident or emergency, the patient can be taken to nearest hospital in the shortest possible time,” said Dr Sawant.