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14 ambulances donated by legislator missing Manifesting bizarre affairs of administrative mismanagement in the state’s health department, the whereabouts of 14 ambulances donated by a legislator during 2011 for various health institutions in far-flung areas are unknown. Pg 2

China donates 100 ambulances to Afghanistan The government of China donated 100 ambulances to Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry on Thursday, Public Health Ministry said in a statement released here. “The People Republic of China donated 100 new ambulances worth 4 million U.S. dollars to the Ministry for Public Health and a technical team of China would also train Afghans on how to maintain and repair the ambulances Pg 2

108 ‘delivers’ unique record ‘108’ ambulance service has created history of sorts by marking 50 successful deliveries inside the ambulances run by it in the state. The record was set while Viji, 30, residing at Chempakamangalam, delivered a baby around midnight on Wednesday while being rushed to the hospital in the ambulance. Pg 3

Heli-operators urge govt to rationalise taxes on jet fuel New Delhi: Saddled with “unprecedentedly high” operating costs, helicopter operators have asked the government to take urgent steps to rationalise taxes on import of spares and jet fuel, and lower airport charges to enable the heli-sector to grow. “High cost of operations was the primary cause for the poor growth. High cost of ATF, high customs duty for import of helicopter and spares and application of fixed-wing air traffic rules to helicopters were some of the contributory factors to high operating costs,” Col Jayanth K Poovaiah, executive director of Deccan Aviation, said here. His comments came after a meeting he and chiefs of several helicopter companies had

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At the meeting, heli operators told the aviation regulator that high airport charges, coupled with high fuel cost, had made chopper operations very costly. If the problems were not resolved soon, many of them would be forced to shut down. They sought intervention of the Civil Aviation Ministry to take immediate steps to harmonise fiscal tariffs imposed on them.

Seeking urgent steps to rationalise landing and handling charges at privatised airports, they pointed out that a large number of helipads in the country were maintained by private agencies which charged landing fees ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000, making the cost of helicopter operation unaffordable even for air ambulance. The CEOs of chopper firms also claimed that the ‘single window control system’ at the DGCA was causing “inordinate delays in getting clearances relating to safe and efficient helicopter operations” and this was adding to their costs. Assuring them that the issues raised by them would be given due consideration, the DGCA chief said India had phenomenal potential for usage of helicopters especially for public good. Abstracted from : Zeenews. com

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8:00pm Monday 24th September 2012 A MEMBER of staff at Swindon Town will be hoping to move mountains as he aims to raise thousands for the Wiltshire Air

Ambulance . Adam Wainwright, the club’s marketing executive, is taking part in a charity trek up Mount Toubkal, in Morocco, next week. The mountain is the biggest in the Atlas range at more than 4,000 metres high. Adam wanted to do something for the club’s charity of the year and after talks with the head of fundraising opted for the climb. There are a total of 17 people trekking up the mountain each with a target to raise a minimum of £1,500, but thanks to support from the club and players Adam has already exceeded £2,000. In addition to his fundraising efforts, Adam has also spent a lot of time in training. He has been hitting the gym every chance he

gets to keep himself generally fit as well as using a treadmill on a steep incline in preparation for Morocco. The trek should take the team four days walking eight hours on the first three days and 11 hours on the last one. In preparation for these long days spent walking, Adam took part in a 25-mile walk in Dawlish at the weekend. “I have wanted to get involved with the charity this year and the trek came about through discussions with Caroline Corrigan of Wiltshire Air Ambulance,” said the 32-year-old. “I am a keen runner but this is very different so I have been to the gym using the treadmill on an incline and went on a 25 mile

SION HOSPITAL GUARDS DETAIN AMBULANCE; DRIVER BOOKED MUMBAI: The police have registered a case against Sion hospital security guards after they allegedly detained an ambulance driver for two hours. On Wednesday night, the railway police took a mishap victim from Kurla railway station in an ambulance accompanied by two helpers to Sion Hospital. The helpers shifted the victim to the hospital on a stretcher and took a photo of the victim on their cellphone.

“The photos prove the victim was alive when brought to hospital,” an official said. However, the guards started shouting at the helpers and then accused the ambulance driver of being drunk. He was detained at the casualty ward, from where he contacted an activist, who in turn called the cops. Abstracted from : The Times of India

E ur opean Company s t ar t s ambulances in Delhi Indo-US Emergency & Trauma Collaborative American College of Emergency Physicians College of Emergency Medicine, United Kingdom Australasian College of Emergency Emergency Medicine

Falck India has introduced 24hour ambulance services in the Delhi. This is the first time an international company has customised and introduced a private ambulance service with an independent and a fully functional 24-hour emergency response centre. For the long term, Falck is prepared to invest in more than 200 ambulances to cover the Delhi region. “Technical teams from Falck have

worked over the last two years with several Indian vendors, suppliers and fabricators to develop ambulances engineered to perform under Indian conditions. “We are pleased to say that the transfer of technical knowledge from the Falck Group has resulted in Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances in India functioning at a fraction of cost compared to Western Europe,

while providing the same medical outcomes,” said Anders Delcomyn Larsen, Falck Executive Vice President, Emergency Europe and Asia. Falck’s ambulance services have been launched to meet the rising demand from leading hospitals for quality emergency medical services in Delhi. Abstracted from : hindustantimes



NGO provides ambulances for Vrindavan widows

New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Clad in a modest white sari, 65-yearold Sarthi Majumdar, a widow who has lived in Vrindavan for 40 years now, says she is happy that there is now an ambulance service for women like her. New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Clad in a modest white sari, 65-yearold Sarthi Majumdar, a widow who has lived in Vrindavan for 40 years now, says she is happy that there is now an ambulance service for women like her. Sulabh International, a non-government organisation, Thursday provided five ambulances to Vrindavan-based widow homes that house 250 widows. “It was horrible that Bhangis (scavengers) took the bodies (of widows) and disposed them in the jungles. Now at least we

all can be ferried in these ambulances,” Sarthi told IANS. Sarthi was among 250 widows in the national capital on a trip arranged by Sulabh International. “We have handed over five wellequipped ambulances exclusively for them. The ambulances would be kept round-the-clock in Vrindavan to meet any emergency,” said Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Patahk. The ambulances are equipped with a blood pressure measuring machine and glucose meter each. First aid can be provided within the ambulance. The Supreme Court had taken a dim view of the manner in which bodies of widows who lived in government-run shelters in Vrindavan were reportedly chopped into pieces and put in gunny

bags for disposal, because there were no funds for a cremation. The apex court had asked the National Legal Service Authority to contact Sulabh International to help the widows living in five shelter homes in Vrindavan. The NGO has also decided to provide monthly financial aid of Rs.1,000 to each of the widows. “We will now take care of every need of the widows and orphans who roam about and beg on the streets of Vrindavan. Right now, we will start on our own, but at the same time we will also approach the central as well as state governments and big corporate houses for help. The idea is to ensure a dignified life to the widows,” Pathak said. Abstracted from : Indo Asian News Service

Ambulance service on immersion day PUNE: The traffic department along with other social organizations like Rotary Club, Universal Health Foundation and the Columbus Ambulance, will be providing ambulance services from 11 places on 29th September, the last day for Ganesh immersions. The 11 places where the ambulances will be stationed include: Hirabaug chowk, S P college, Sahitya Parishad/New English school, N M V high

school, Shaniwar Peth police chowky, Narayan Peth police chowky, Khadak police station, Gadikhana chowk, Shanipar chowk, Sonya Maruti chowk, and Kasba Peth police chowky. All these locations are along the main immersion routes. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhre said the ambulance service, which is free of cost, Is aimed at assisting citizens during emergency situations.

A medical team and volunteers will be present with each ambulance. About 100 doctors, 60 Rotary members and 25 volunteers will work for the service. Doctors and others will coordinate the service.Residents may contact the follow numbers during an emergency: 9822257474, 99223 436 68, 98509 0 4858, 9823066605 and 9764519199. Abstracted from : The Times of India


14 ambulances donated by legislator missing Ailing Health Department AKSHAY AZAD Jammu, Sep 28: Manifesting bizarre affairs of administrative mismanagement in the state’s health department, the whereabouts of 14 ambulances donated by a legislator during 2011 for various health institutions in farflung areas are unknown. While the health department authorities say that the ambulances have been dispatched to the respective health centers, the MLAs of these areas said they have no such reports. The ambulances were donated by the legislator for the far flung primary health centers of Jammu province. Sources told Greater Kashmir that former Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council, Arminder Singh Micky, before demitting office, had sanctioned Rs 40 lakh from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to provide mini ambulances to far flung health centers. “The money was released by Deputy Commissioner Jammu

Afghan minister for public health Dr. Saraya Dalil, while

thanking China for the contribution, said the ambulances

will be distributed to all the health centers in the provinces. Speaking on the occasion, Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan Xu Feihong said that China would continue to support Afghanistan and donation of these ambulances speaks of Chinese government firm commitment in this regard. (Xinhua-ANI) Abstracted from : News Track India

for 14 Omni-ambulances on October 14, 2011. But till date not a single ambulance has reached to any of the identified destinations and even the MLC is unaware about it,” sources said. They further disclosed that ambulances were donated for District Hospital Ramban, Primary Health Center (PHC) Chamalwas, PHC Batote in district Ramban, PHC Chenani in district Udhampur, PHC Bunjawah in district Kishtwar, Alopathy Dispensary Dudu Basantgarh Kirchi, Sub Center Nowshera  in district Rajouri, Khari block of Sunderbani, PHC Budan in tehsil Mahore, PHC Chattru in district Kishtwar, PHC Bharath  and PHC Guntha in district Doda, District Hospital Kathua and sub center Sarthal in Inderwal constituency. Sources further said that the Health Department had procured ambulances before the closure of the last fiscal in March 2012. The department has to hand over the ambulances to the identified health centers but

Tata Steel to set up ICU, start ambulance services in Jajpur Tata Steel today announced plans to set up set an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at its Chromite Mine Hospital at Sukinda and deploy a critical care ambulance

China donates 100 ambulances to Afghanistan Kabul, Sept. 20 (Xinhua-ANI): The government of China donated 100 ambulances to Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry on Thursday, Public Health Ministry said in a statement released here. “The People Republic of China donated 100 new ambulances worth 4 million U.S. dollars to the Ministry for Public Health and a technical team of China would also train Afghans on how to maintain and repair the ambulances,” the statement added.


at Sukinda valley in Odisha’s Jajpur district. This will be the first ICU in Jajpur district and is being set up at a cost of Rs 45 lakh. The critical care ambulance will cost another Rs 27 lakh. Both the facilities are expected

to be commissioned by March 2013, a company release said. Annually, more than 150 critical cases of cardiac failure, respiratory failure, Multi Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS), poly trauma, head & chest injury from the Tata Steel colony at Sukinda, other mines in the vicinity and neighbouring villages come to Sukinda Chromite Mine Hospital. These cases are often referred to hospitals in Cuttack or Bhubaneswar. The ICU is especially designed and equipped. It will have trained staff who will take care of critically injured or critically ill patients suffering from severe complications. Abstracted From : Business Standard

New ambulance service for pregnant women JAIPUR: The state government is set to launch Janani Express Service for referral transport services for pregnant women under the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna on October 2. So far, the 108 ambulance services have been instrumental in Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna’s (JSSY) success. Now, the medical health and family welfare department is launching a new toll free number-104- to call ambulances under the Janani Express service.

The ambulance services have played a vital role in steering the government’s efforts on institutional deliveries. From January to July 2012, 108 ambulance services provided 1.64 lakh trips to pregnant women, to and from hospitals. Health minister A A Khan said, “At least 400 ambulances will be launched under the Janani Express service in the state with an aim to provide transport facilities to pregnant women for safe deliveries. This will be particularly helpful for women


living in remote and distant places in the state.” The ambulances would also provide free transportation facilities to infants of up to 30 days. The new initiative aims to bring down maternal mortality ratio and infant mortality rate. These ambulances will be deployed between two primary heath centers, and in remote places which are out of reach even for the 108 services. After a lot of research, the department

has identified routes where these ambulances will provide transport facilities to pregnant women. The department will also install global positioning system in the ambulances to keep a track on their movement. Also, control rooms at district level have been set up in all the 33 districts. The government has already purchased the ambulances and completed the preparations for the launch of the new service. Abstracted from : The Times of India


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‘1298 ambulance service’ launched Excise Minister K Babu has launched 1298 Ambulance service in Aluva. Along with the launch, a medical camp was also held at St Xavier’s Rajkot Bhavan, near Piaggio showroom at Pulimchodu junction. Inaugurating the launch and the medical camp, the Minister said that sensing the need of the hour 1298 Ambulance has quickly responded to the medical need. Hospitals, other institutions and patients will be greatly benefited from the initiative. To cater to the need of equipped ambulances across Kerala, Ziqitza Health Care Ltd (ZHL) is expanding its outsourcing of advanced life-support ambulance service to hospitals and other institutions after it was successfully introduced in Kochi. The ambulances are equipped with the modern medical equipment like Defibrillator Ventilator,

Pulse Oxy-meter, Cardiac Monitor, ECG, Suction Machine, Resuscitation kit and Syrije pump. In addition patient transfer fa-

cilities like collapsible stretcher, scoop stretcher, spine board, canvas stretcher and stair chair cum wheel chair are also available. Over 200 people attended the medical camp. Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, BMI, ECG, and dental checkups were conducted along with gynaecological checkups.

The initiative was supported in the medical camp by Dr Tony’s Eye Hospital, CKP Hospital, Karothukuzhi Hospital, Dr Kurian’s Or tho Dental Clinic and Dr Mathews (Dentistry). “The 1298 Ambulance ser vice will provide hospitals with custom- de signed ambulances and trained manpower,” said Nijil Ibrahimkutty, Regional Head of 1298 Ambulance Service. KP Dhanapalan MP, A luva municipal chairman M D Jacob, standing committee chairman Latheef Puzhithura, municipal councillor Jebi Mather Hisham, former municipal chairman MO John, Bindu Manjooran of Ziqitza Health Care and 1298 Operation Manager KR Balachandran were present. Asbstracted from : The New Indian Express

Bikers killed as ambulance rams into motorcycle Dehradun: Two bikers were killed and another was critically injured when a speeding ambulance hit a motorcycle in the Dehradun’s Patel Nagar area, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred late on Tuesday night when the ambulance, taking some ailing girl students to a private nursing home, hit a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction, killing its driver and one of the two people riding pillion on the spot, they said. Both the vehicles were going at high speed which may have been the reason for the mishap, police said. The injured has been admitted to a hospital where his condition is stated to be critical. Search is on for the driver of the ambulance who fled immediately after the accident, they said. Abstracted from : NDTV

108 ‘delivers’ unique record ‘108’ ambulance service has created history of sorts by marking 50 successful deliveries inside the ambulances run by it in the state. The record was set while Viji, 30, residing at Chempakamangalam, delivered a baby around midnight on Wednesday while being rushed to the hospital in the ambulance. Viji had developed labour pain around midnight and called 108

ambulances for help. En route to the Medical College Hospital, the mother went into labour and the Emergency Management Team (EMT) of the 108 ambulance helped her deliver the

baby. Around 1.15 am, a baby boy was born just as the ambulance was parking itself on the roadside. There were no complications. After the baby boy was born, the pilot of the ambulance rushed the ambulance to the nearest CSI Mission Hospital, Kazhakkoottam. EMTs ran into the emergency room to alert doctors and nurses of the birth so that

they could take over the care of the mother and child. Although Viji said she was in severe pain during labour, she and the baby were doing well, said Nabeel A, Emergency Medical

Technician. “This is a proud moment for us at 108 to have achieved half a century in successful deliveries in Kerala. All our EMTs are specially trained in emergency child delivery. It also brings in a great sense of satisfaction for our entire team to be able to help people when they need maximum support,” Radheesh V, Project Head, 108 Ambulance, said. The call centre at Technopark here, which operates on a 24-hour basis, immediately activates the nearest ambulance that could be located. The medical technicians then provide the patients with appropriate first aid and subsequently the patients are transferred to the nearest hospital for further treatment. Incidentally, the 108 ambulance doesn’t carry corpses and cases which don’t need emergency requirements or assistance. Abstracted from: By Express News Service

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MOS Home flags off mock drill Smaller Default Larger Srinagar, Oct 17: Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani on Wednesday flagged off a drill of ambulances in Srinagar to spread awareness about giving way to ambulances. Cavalcades of ambulances were flagged off from Traffic Control Room to different routes in the City with a message for the general public to inculcate a

sense of giving way to the ambulances on the roads. The event organized by Civil Society Forum, an NGO, amongst others was attended by DIG Traffic Shafkat Watali, former City Mayor Salman Ali Sagar and cartoonist Bashir Ahmed Bashir. Abstracted from



an inability to control blood sugar levels – but no history of heart disease or diabetes and they were not on blood pressure drugs. Daily consumption of 100g of dark chocolate could potentially avert 70 nonfatal and 15 fatal cardiovascular events per 10,000 people treated over ten years, according to the study published on This could be considered an effective intervention, said the researchers. It would be cost-effective too, costing £25 a year per head of population. This would cover advertising and possible subsidizing of dark chocolate for the less well-off. The protective effects have been shown only for dark chocolate which is at least 60-70 per cent cocoa. Milk or white chocolate does have not provided the same benefits. It is rich in flavonoids which are known to have heart protecting effects. Sceptics say the high calorie content of chocolate tends to offset the benefits. Previous research shows eating chocolate reduces blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity, reducing the risk of diabetes.

PUNE: The Maharashtra state ambulance association, along with various other security and emergency service organisa-

tions in Pune took out a rally to build confidence among citizens that ambulance and all other services will be available during

Ambulances vs VIP convoys

On a trek to raise cash for air ambulance - contd. from Page 2 walk around the Dawlish. “I am really looking forward to it, the trek is an emotional journey for some members of the team and we will all be there to support each other. “In these last few days before the trek the aim is to ensure everyone has got over the £1,500 mark across the team. “By the time I leave for the trip I should have raised over £2,000. I think the harder the challenge is, the more supporters you get. “The players have been great dipping into their pockets, I think the tightest player was Aden Flint!”

Adam, who has worked at the club for four years, is also planning to run from Swindon to Yeovil in the new year to raise more money for the charity. Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s head of fundraising Caroline said: “This year’s team are made up of people from around the county and over the last six months the team have had lots of fundraising activity to help reach the target amount. “Adam has been great and we hope they all make it up and down safely.” Abstracted from : Swindon Advertiser

PESHAWAR: Recently, I saw an ambulance that was stuck in a traffic jam and then saw traffic wardens clearing the road within a matter of seconds. I found the whole scene highly disappointing. Disappointing because the road was cleared not for the ambulance, but for a VIP motorcade that had just arrived. Is getting rid of this VIP culture really that impossible? Can’t we at least start treating a precious human life with the same degree of respect as we treat a VIP motorcade? When all traffic is brought to standstill for a VIP, the same could be done for an ambulance as well. If people can wait in traffic for long periods of time for VIPs to pass through, I am sure they will be more than happy to wait a few minutes to allow an ambulance to pass. Saim Khan The Express Tribune

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LOVERS of dark chocolate have known for some time that their favorite treat can help protect them against high blood pressure and cut the risk of diabetes. But now scientists say that it can even benefit those who are already at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. Although regular chocolate eating doesn’t work quite as well as drugs, the researchers say it has virtually no side effects and, perhaps not surprisingly ‘high rates of compliance’. A team of researchers from universities in Melbourne, Australia, used a mathematical model to predict the effects and cost effectiveness of daily dark chocolate consumption in 2,013 individuals at high risk of heart disease over a decade. They all had metabolic syndrome – a mix of problems including raised blood pressure, obesity, high fat levels in the blood and


all emergency situations. Founder president of the association, Nana Kshirsagar said that the rally was held in the background of terror attacks and the ongoing Ganesh festival. During German Bakery blast, many ambulances had reached the spot to shift the injured to the hospital, he said. The association has been providing services during the Ganesh festival since last five years. A total of 40 ambulances were part of the rally which took the route from Nana Peth, Laxmi road to Tilak statue. Additional commissioner (south region) Chandrashekhar Daithankar flagged off the rally. Members of the home guard department,

fire-brigade, medical and health department participated in the rally. The fire-brigade department held fire demonstrations at the meeting held at Tilak statue chowk. Kshirsagar appealed citizens to contact on the land line number 24494493 in case of any emergency situation. The association will be distributing two lakh pamphlets as part of public awareness drive. A medical team and ambulance services will be available during Ganesh festival when many roads are closed for traffic, he said. Abstracted from : The Times of India

14 ambulances donated by legislator missing contd. from Page 2 no one knows whether the ambulances were sent or not. Lamenting the indifferent attitude of Health Department, former deputy chairman Legislative Council, Arminder Singh Micky said that it was very astonishing that despite close follow up, he was unaware about the fate of the ambulances donated by him. “Whenever I ask Director Health Services about the procurement and dispatch of ambulances to respective health institutions, she turns a deaf ear and tells me to talk to the Health Minister. Every time she passes the buck by saying that the department will send the ambulances only after Minister’s permission,” he said and claimed that not a single ambulance has reached any of the identified destinations. While castigating the Health Department authorities, Micky said that due to their callous attitude the people of far flung areas

were not getting benefit of the ambulances. When contacted, Director Health Services Jammu Dr Madhu Khullar said that the ambulances were procured and sent to the concerned Chief Medical Officers many months back. “There is need of ambulances in far flung areas and probably all ambulances are operational in the areas for which these were donated by the MLC,” she claimed. However, MLA Inderwal constituency, GM Saroori while contesting the claims of Director Health Services said that two ambulances were donated for his constituency, one each for sub center Sarthal and PHC Bunjwan but none has reached to these health institutions. Abstracted from http://



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