'108' ambulances to resume services today

The protest is being considered as unauthorised leave and action will be taken against erring staff, says Deputy Commissioner

Following the indefinite protest by the employees of Arogya Kavacha, the DC has convened three meetings so far. He said nine ambulances have already started providing services.
The 108 ambulance service is one of the essential services. The protest is being considered as unauthorised leave. A case will be registered against the staff and strict action will be initiated against them, the DC said.

The ambulances have already started their service in Wenlock, Shiradi, Kabaka, Poonjalkatte, Bajpe, Mulki, Venur, Naravi, Surathkal, B C Road.

The 14 drivers of the health department and two drivers from Wenlock Hospital will be deployed for 108 ambulances. The services of Venugopal of community health centre, Bantwal (9449034315), Thimmaiah Gowda of Poonjalktte (9448543275), Shekhar of Vittal Community Health Centre, Sudarshan of Kadaba centre (9740893452), Ramanna of Shiradi (9483286925), Thimmappa Sapalya (9449032692), Razak of Belthandy (9448501458), Madhava of Sullia (9448445709), Honnappa of Subrahmanya (9448625410), Santhosh of Moodbidri (9481510303), Dayanand of Mulki (9739828627), Roshan of Venoor (9449227856), Vijaykumar of Thingalady (9481024231) will be utilised.

In Udupi

Deputy Commissioner Dr M T Reju said that the situation in Udupi district is normal and manageable in the backdrop of the ongoing strike of the 108 Ambulance staff.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he informed that as a means of alternative arrangements, the keys of all the ambulances have been taken and health department drivers are used for providing the service.

He said: “We have attended all the calls. As of now everything is going on well. Staff nurses from respective district and taluk hospitals are deployed for the service. We expect the strike to be called off within two days and the services of the 108 ambulance will be resumed at the earliest,” he added.

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