Arogya Kavacha to get 180 more vehicles

 Minister for Health and Family Welfare Aravinda Limbavali has said that the Government is planning to add 180 more vehicles to the existing fleet of 500-plus ambulances operated under the Arogya Kavacha scheme.

 Speaking at the fourth anniversary of Arogya Kavacha, the 108 ambulance service, here on Monday, the minister said Arogya Kavacha has catered to over 19.5 lakh emergency cases, saved 61,961 lives, with 26,359 deliveries in the ambulances, in the past four years. He congratulated the GVK EMRI team that operates the Arogya Kavacha.

“The death rate has been substantially mitigated. We are considering expanding our facilities to even transporting patients back to their residence after they have been attended by the doctors," he added.

Limbavali said they were planning to provide certain benefits to the employees on completing 10 years of service, akin to retired military personnel. He promised to provide them a new building with sufficient space for training and research purpose.

The ambulance services has catered to 8,41,072 cases related to pregnancy, 2,67,773 cases related to vehicular accident/trauma, 2,46,852 cases related to gastrointestinal, 85,541 cases related to cardiac/cardiovascular, 87,472 cases related to respiratory diseases, 61,405 cases related to food poisoning/drug overdose, 11,230 cases related to diabetes, 30,379 cases related to animal attack and 3,608 cases related to suicides and 3,19,337 other cases.

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