The First Responder Bike Ambulance and Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) service was launched in Nagpur on July 19 in the presence of Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant at Aarogya Sanstha, Shraddhanandpeth. At the launch, a fleet of six bike ambulances and a mobile medical unit van was unveiled.
Along with Sawant, prominently present during the launch were Dr Pradipkumar Vyas (Principal Secretary, Public Health Department, Maharashtra), Dr Sanjeev Kumar (Commissioner, Health Services and Mission Director, National Health Mission) and Dr Dilip Jadhav (Chairman, Shivpriya Group of Companies). Jadhav, while addressing the people present, revealed that it was Dr Sawant’s idea of starting the first responder bike ambulance service. Jadhav also informed that the bike ambulances are equipped with four kits: Trauma kit, Medical kit, Airway management kit and Delivery kit. After Jadhav’s speech, Dr Vyas informed everybody about the villages and cities where similar service has been launched.
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Dr Sawant, during his address, said, “Today is also a very special day for Melghat as the bike ambulance service has been started there as well. The village was cursed with multiple child deaths due to lack of medical facilities and narrow roads. Bike ambulance service would be able to reach places where roads are not broad enough for ambulance vans. Also, with the help of Mobile Medical Units, Public Health Department of Maharashtra would be able to focus on slum areas and will provide facilities to people who are unable to call ambulances. All you need to do to save lives is to call ‘108’.”
Here are some pictures from the launch: