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Picture perfect ambulances a no-no Don’t use the ambulance as a publicity vehicle is the Centre’s advice to the Punjab government. Concerned over state government s using Central schemes to gather political mileage, the UPA government has asked all states to display the words National Ambulance Service on the vehicles. Further, it has sought the removal of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s pictures from the ambulances, setting the stage for another row between the SAD-BJP and UPA.
continued to page - 3 Duo damages ambu lance equipment in Madurai MADUR AI : Two persons alle ge dly damage d t he equipment in a 108-ambulance when they were being rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital after they met with an accident near Arapalayam bus stand on Thursday evening. Pr ogramme Manager of the 108-ambulance service G.Thanigaivel Murugan said the ambulance had rescued one of the two, who sustained injuries when the motorbike on which they were riding fell down at around 5 p.m. The other person too had forcibly entered the ambulance. When the vehicle was rushing towards the GRH, they both created a ruckus and damaged parts of the oxygen supply system and power supply system. “They tried to damage the automated external defibrillator, which is a costly equipment,” Mr.Murugan said. The duo had also manhandled emergency medical technician Kannan. Police picked up the duo. Source: The Hindu
14 ambulances to provide life-line in Silli The Ajsu party on Thursday launched 14 ambulances to provide a 24X7 health services in the Silli Assembly Constitutency in Ranchi district. “It will be a 24X7 health services in Silli assembly constituency we will make efforts to launch such services in other constituencies in Jharkhand as well,” party chief and former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto said after launching the novel services in Silli, about an hour s drive from Ranchi.
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Witness unwell, court hears case inside ambulance Punjab police launches
NEW DELHI: In an unprecedented move, a trial court on Tuesday conducted a hearing of amurder case inside an ambulance as the witness was unwell and couldn’t come inside the courtroom. The litigants and lawyers in the Rohini cour t complex were in for a rare sight when a 70 -yearold woman came in an ambulance to depose as a witness in the murder case of her husband. As the lower par t of her body is paralytic and she is suffering from various other ailments, the court was informed that she was unable to come inside the building. The attendants of the witness, Kamla Devi, said that they were finding it very difficult to move or shift her inside the courtroom even on a stretcher. The prosecution also informed additional sessions judge Kamini Lau, who was hearing the case, that despite their best efforts the medical condition of the witness is such that it is difficult to bring her out
of the ambulance . The counsel then requested the court that under the circumstances the witness should be examined inside the ambulance which was parked at the entry of the
New Delhi: For emergency response system in Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, rules do not begin inside its premises. While there is a dedicated lane right outside the hospital for the passage of ambulances, the ambulances face hurdles from vehicles parked by hospital staff themselves. Insensitive parking by the st af f, inc luding doc tor s of the hospital, leaves no space for the mobility of the parked emergency response vehicles. This happens despite a dedicated parking space in the hospital premises just for its staff. Each time the ambulances are required for service, the security guards are called from their regular routine and hurried off to identify the owners and request them to remove their vehicles from the path of the parked ambulances, thus delaying the
response time. On Monday, a reality check by Deccan Herald found three cars, all carrying hospital stickers, parked right behind the ambulance s which were parked at their designated position. Because of this, only one of the four ambulances at the hospital was in a position to move at the call of duty. “We cannot even push the cars to make way for the ambulances as they are in gear and steer lock mode,” said one of the ambulance drivers. On Monday, when an ambulance was required, a guard was dispatched to find the erring doctor. Luckily he knew whom one of the cars belonged to and was quick in getting it removed. The ambulance drivers do stop the offending owners even while they are parking at the critically wrong spots.
court complex itself. The prosecution’s submission was also endorsed by the Rohini Court Bar Association, which despite being on strike, sent its proxy counsel to appear in the matter. ASJ Lau then decided to hold the proceedings inside the ambulance so that the witness could record her statement. “In a given situation where a witness by virtue of her age, ailments or medical incapability is inconvenient in reaching to the ordinary sitting of the court as has happened in the present case,
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there is nothing which prevents the court from reaching out to the said witnesses with the joint consent of the prosecution and the accused persons to examine such a witness at a place other than the place of ordinar y sitting,” ASJ Lau said in her order. The cour t noted that Devi was the eyewitness to the incident of house-breaking, robber y and mur de r of her husband and was an important witness in the case. “This is a fit case where the court is required to intervene and exercise powers given to it by Section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to hold its sitting at a place other than the place of general sitting so specified. Hence, in the interest of justice and on humanitarian grounds and for the sake of convenience of the witness her testimony is being recorded without shifting her out of the ambulance,” the court said.
Phagwara: On the lines of opening a health department, Punjab police have also launched an Ambulance Service to provide immediate medical care to the needy injured in different accidents on main roads. Inaugurating police ambulance here last evening, Superintendent of Police Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said this police ambulance would be stationed under path of national highways near Mehtan Bypass and would be available to all needy injured after dialing police control number 100. T his Police Ambulance would work like 108 Ambulances to save the lives of the people, he added. SP Khakh said these ‘Highway police ambulances’ had been provided in almost all districts of the state. A demonstartion was presented by the experts of 108 Ambulances who also educate the cops about the detailed working style of these ambulances.
Source: The Times of India
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minibuses converted CM flags off ambulance service, Congress sees red Stolen into ambulances As Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts on Monday to launch the 108 emergency ambulance service, a war of words has started between the Congress and
time that the State Government has resorted to such a trick. Stating that no State Government or politic al party should use schemes launched by the Centre for narrow political gain, Mishra
the BJD, both staking claim to the initiative. While the Congress has alleged that the Chief Minister is trying to cheat the people by hijacking the schemes launched by the Centre and implementing it in the name of the State Government, the Biju Janata Dal has countered it by maintaining that a scheme under the State subject cannot be claimed by the Centre as its own. Senior Congr ess leader Narasingh Mishra alleged that this is not the first
said this needs to be condemned. It is high time the Centre examined the law and take appropriate action against the persons concerned who resort to such type of games, he said. However, Health Minister Damodar Rout, who was with the Chief Minister during his Mayurbhanj and Balasore tours, countered the Congress charge. Health is a State subject and it is the responsibility of the State Government to implement schemes under this, he said
and added that the Centre or the Congress cannot claim the ambulance scheme as their own. Besides, funds released by the Centre is not anybody’s private money, it is taxpayer’s money, he said. The Health Minister said the 108 ambulance scheme is an emergency medical service aimed at providing health service to poor free of cost. Rout said 420 ambulances will be engaged in the implementation of the scheme. One ambulance will cater to the needs of one lakh population, he said. Rout said an ambulance will take 30 to 35 minutes to reach a patient in the rural area after a call is made to its number. In the urban area, the time gap between a call and the ambulance reaching the patient will be 20 to 25 minutes. He said 125 hospitals in the State have been declared as designated hospitals where the patients will be treated. The Government will sign memoranda of understanding (MoU) with 25 super specialty hospitals in and outside the State for treating serious ailments as referral hospitals, he added. Source: The New Indian Express
95% don’t use ambulances, deaths high CHENNAI: About 95% of Indians who suffer a heart attack don’t use an ambulance to reach a hospital, resulting in many deaths that can be avoided, say cardiologists. Participants at the STEMI India conference on advanced cardiovascular therapeutics here on Friday said most of them took private vehicles to go to hospital. “An ambulance has paramedics to provide first-aid. This would cut the mortality rate by 50%. But not many people under stand this. Immense amount of public education is needed on using the ambulance services,” said Dr Matthew Samuel K, a course director with STEMI India which is tying up with city hospitals to make sure medical assistance is with the reach of a person in an emergency. To establish an integrated system to bring down the mortality rate with regard to heart attacks, the first step is to train medical teams, including nurses, paramedical staff, emergency physicians and cardiologists. “We follow the hub and spoke model in which the hub would be a STEMI-accredited hospital that can treat heart attacks
and the spoke would be district hospitals that can provide the basic first aid. The focus would be on putting a workable system in place — from the point the patient has a heart attack and is transported to hospital till he becomes stable,” said Dr Mullasari Ajit, director of cardiology at Madras Medical Mission. Medical staff would be trained to dissolve the clot from the ar ter y through medication before the patient is shifted to a STEMI-accredited hospital, he added. STEMI India partnered the government, ICMR and GVK EMRI ambulance services to conduct a pilot study of 1,000 patients with four ‘hub and spoke’ hospitals to assess the improvement in terms of treatment, mortality and morbidity of heart attacks. The hospitals are Kovai Medical Centre, the Madras Medical Mission, Christian Medical College Vellore and Stanley Medical College and Hosiptal. Studies say it takes an average of 360 minutes from the onset of pain to treatment time for a patient in India. “A mini pilot involving 84 patients has reduced this time
to 170 minutes with 75% of ambulance travel. If the pilot project is a success, we will extend the model across the country. It is important for a patient to reach the right hospital at the right time. The first step is to teach them how to recognize a heart attack and use the ambulance services,” said Dr Thomas Alexander. Source: The Times of India
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But most often their requests fall on deaf ears. “Moreover, some doctors are arrogant and do not come and cooperate despite repeated requests,” the driver alleged. “We cannot complain either as that would amount to taking on the doctors themselves. So, we have the choice of either saving lives or saving our jobs,” said another driver. Source: Deccan Herald
BANGALORE: These vehicle lifters had used their skills to run an interstate operation. The three men stole Tempo Travellers, gave them a makeover by fitting them with ICUs, created fake documents and sold them in remote corners of neighbouringTamil Nadu. But their game was up when
On interrogation, the duo spilled the beans. “The trio lifted the Tempo Travellers from Vijayanagar, Peenya and Subramanyanagar in September 2012. Venkatesh drove the vehicles away after opening the locks. The trio gave the vehicles a makeover and sold them as ambulances with new but fake
Nandini Layout police noticed that brand new Tempo Travellerswere being lifted. They were soon on the trail of VenkateshIyer, 40, of Trichy, who specialized in forging papers and breaking open the locks of imported cars. Though Venkatesh remained elusive, the police zeroed in on his associates, Sunil Kumar Damodaran alias Anil Kumar Damodaran, 39, of Pipeline Road, Malleswaram and a native of Calicut as well as Ilyaz Din Hakim Ali, 39 of Trichy.
registration numbers. We’re hunting for Venkatesh,” Nandini Layout policeinspector Vijay Hadagali told TOI. DCP-North SN Sidramappa said Venkatesh has technical knowledge of the software in vehicles and knows how to unlock them. Joint operation: North, West and North East division police cracked 236 cases, arrested 191 miscreants and recovered a booty of Rs 8 crore including 17 kgs of gold in the past three months.
GAYA: An ambulance with its siren wailing was given pas s age on humanit arian ground, but was found carrying liquor bottles and not any patient, in Gaya on Thursday. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists ‘seized’ and vandalized the vehicle belonging to the Belaganj primary health centre. The ABVP had organized a road blockade in protest against the MU VC’s order banning admissions to vocational courses running without the mandatory approval of the Chancellor. The blockade was going on outside the office of the Magadh divisional commissioner-cumVC when the ambulance approached the road. The protesters allowed the ambulance to proceed, but as the emergency vehicle slowly passed through the protesters, they spotted crates of Indian-made foreign liquor shelved on the stretcher inside the ambulance. Angered by this stealthy operation, the pro-
testers stopped the vehicle. Sensing trouble, the two ambulance occupants, including the driver, managed to escape. The protesters broke open the ambulance door and unloaded the liquor crates on the road. Quite a few bottles were broken, resulting in spillage of the intoxicant on the road. Asked about the recovery of liquor bottles from a government hospital’s ambulance, Gaya civil surgeon K B Singh admitted it was a matter of “real shame”. Action will be taken against the ambulance driver and others responsible for this highly embarrassing situation, Singh said and added an inquiry would be conducted into the possibility of more ambulances being put to such clandestine use. Gaya SSP Ganesh Kumar said the source of the liquor supply would be traced and the wrongdoers brought to book. Source: The Times of India
Source:The Times of India
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India’s first exclusive transplant hospital by 2015 Kolkata: Come 2015, India will boast of its first transplant-only hospital in West Bengal, thereby getting to be at par with global healthcare. Providing facilities for liver, bone marrow, pancreas
and kidney transplants, the state-of-the-art establishment slated to be built at Andal in Bardhaman district of the state, will employ surgeons from Britain and the US as part of their fulltime staff, a hospital official said. “Initially there will be facilities for liver, bone marrow, pancreas and kidney transplants. This will be the first transplant-only hospital in the whole country. We have shor tlisted doctors from the US and Britain who will be there full time,” said Dr Satyajit Bose, chairman of the Mission Hospital. The initiative has been strategically planned at Andal, where a 650-acre airport will come up by the year-
end. The project will take off in sync with the completion of the airport. “Any transplant hospital needs to be located next to an airport. Keeping that in mind, we are building it at Andal, which will soon have an airport. As soon as the first flight takes off, we will start our construction. The finance is ready and so is the design,” said Dr Bose. However, cadaveric transplants (like heart transplants), which require donors to be brain-dead, will have to wait until it becomes permissible by the state legislature. “West Bengal doesn’t have legislation for cadaveric procedures yet. As soon as it is a yes, we will go ahead with heart transplants and related organ transplants,” said Dr Bose. Backed by an investment of Rs 200 crore, the 150-bed speciality hospital will be equipped with two air-ambulances and digital operating theatres. The Mission Hospital, as part of its expansion plans, will introduce digital OTs in its Durgapur campus, the first in eastern India. [IANS] S o ur c e: Times
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108 Ambulance: Vigilance probe ordered into allegations T HIRU VANAN T HAPUR AM: The government has ordered a vigilance inquiry into the allegations that Ziqitza Health Care Limited, which is operating the 108 ambulance chain service, is overbilling by running extra kilometres. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy ordered an inquiry after his economic advisor Shaffi Mather wrote to him with respect to Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan’s allegation that Ziqitza was overbilling by running extra kilometres than required. A s p e r t he agr e e me nt reached with the Ziqitza Health Care Limited, an ambulance will have to run 2,000 km per month and an amount of Rs 1,06,000 will be paid. If it runs additional kilometres, an amount of Rs 53 has to be given for each additional kilometre. “The company misused this condition in the agreement in a bid to claim excess amount,” Achuthanandan alleged. He also alleged that the government was trying to help the company, run by Mather, Union Minis-
ter Vayalar Ravi’s son Ravi Krishna and Union Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karthi Chidambaram. With regard to the clarification from the Chief Minister’s office that Mather was not the director of the company, Achuthanandan alleged that it was false and the Chief Minister was only supporting the ambulance service. “Though the company was running its services in 11 states, seven states had withdrawn the service after allegations were raised against it,” the Opposition leader alleged. In a letter sent to the Chief Minister, Mather clarif ied that he was the director of Ziqitza Health Care Limited till July 25, 2008. “I hold 100 shares in the company which is disclosed in the Asset Disclosure on the government website (www.keralacm.gov.in). As part of my legal practice, I do provide legal advice as I do for my other legal clients also.” Source: The New Indian Express
Fake calls affect ambulance service in Koraput Koraput (Odisha), Jul 11: A few weeks ago, Jagannath Sahoo of Borigumma had called 108 toll free number for emergency ambulance ser vice. The ambulance rushed only to find that the call was a fake one.The ambulance covered 47 km
9. “Fake calls are very disturbing as they lead to wastage of time and resources. People should refrain from misusing the emergency service,” chief district medical officer (CDMO), Koraput, Niranjan Das, said. According to official reports, of the
er, National Rural Health Mission (Koraput), Biswambar Behera. In several cases it is also found that people in remote areas use the ambulance as mode of transportation. “People pretending to be patients make calls and escape from the ambulance
unnecessarily. Similarly, a caller, identifying herself as Nirupama Sabar of Nandapur had called the emergency ambulance service, but the call too was found to be a hoax. The ambulance covered 66 km to attend the call on May 16. These are not isolated cases. Hundreds of such fake calls are made by pranksters since the service was launched in Koraput district of Odisha on March
2,588 phone calls made for emergency ambulance service between March 10 and June 30, as many as 281 were fake ones. “In case of fake cases, our return calls always go unanswered. As there is no punishment for making fake calls, people make them with impunity. However, we have to attend each and every call without checking their genuineness,” said district project manag-
after reaching the hospital. They use it as a public transport system”, said Behera. The emergency ambulance service is available roundthe-clock. Koraput has 11 ambulances equipped with sophisticated healthcare equipment. The vehicles are monitored through global positioning system (GPS). Source: oneindianews
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The Union health ministry had asked all states to display the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) logos on vehicles being run as part of the 108 ambulance scheme of the Centre. The
ment will have to remove photographs of chief minister Badal from the ambulances operating under the scheme. She said displaying the CM’s photos were against rules of the scheme under which
ministry had also instructed states to get National Ambulance Service inscribed on the vehicles in English as well as the regional language. Minister of state for health and family welfare and MP from Punjab Santosh Chaudhary recently visited the state after assuming office. Immediately she declared that the Punjab govern-
the ambulances were given to Punjab and other states. She said the free ambulance service was launched with Central funds for the convenience of the people, especially the poor. It was sad that instead of giving public service, some people were trying to politicise the scheme and take credit for it. The Union government provided 240 air-conditioned
ambulances to Punjab in 2011 for taking patients free-of-cost to the nearest hospital. At that time, the ambulances carried the photos of the chief minister and the then state health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla. A year later, when she was replaced by Madan Mohan Mittal as health minister, Mittal wanted his photo to be pasted. It was finally decided that the ambulances would only carry the photograph of the chief minister. Some time ago, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) president Vikram Chaudhary launched a campaign against Badal’s photos on ambulance s, which led to the arrest of nearly 90 PYC activists. Shiromani Akali Dal spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said whosoever tried to fiddle with the CM’s pictures would have to face the consequences. “We would not allow any one indulge in such unlawful activities. The people of Punjab would not let anyone show disrespect to the chief minister.” Source: The Sunday Standard
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Scotland’s charity air ambulance alters San Francisco plane crash victim may operating hours to meet demands have been run over by ambulance The operating hours of Scotland’s first charity air ambulance have been changed to cope with demand at certain times of the day. Until now the helicopter had been flying up to 10 hours a day between 08:00 and 18:00 from its central base at Perth Airport. But the pattern of callouts showed that the vast majority of deployments happen later in the day. New operational times from 10:00 to 20:00 have now been introduced. The move has been supported by both the Scottish Ambulance Service and Bond Air Ser vices - the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance’s (SCAA) operational partners. SCAA chief executive Gavin Davey said: “We always intended to review working hours after our first three months of operations but after 61 missions in seven
weeks it became clear that in order to be able to respond to more emergency calls and better serve the public, an adjustment was required right away.”
Since launching at the end of May, there have been no calls for SCAA assistance before 09:00 and only three between 09:00 and 10:00 but on several occasions they have been flying after 18:00, over-running SCAA’s normal operating period. SCAA only operates during daylight hours and the hours will be pushed back gradual-
ly as the evenings darken. The air ambulance has responded to almost double the number of expected calls since launching in May. On its busiest day it flew three missions within a few hours. The launch of the s e r v i c e wa s t h e culmination of four years work by a small team of individuals from public, private and third sector organisations. The air ambulance has responded to car and motorcycle accidents, emergencies such as hear t attacks and breathing problems, trauma emergencies such as serious falls, head injuries and even a light aircraft crash. It costs about £1.5m each year to fund the aircraft, pilots, paramedics and charity staff. Source: BBC News
14 ambulances to provide life-line in Silli continued from page - 1 It is the first of its kind in the state launched by Ajsu party s socio-cultural wing, ‘Gunj’, Mahto said the ambulances would be stationed at 14 different places in the constituency and have latest apparatus fitted in them. Dialing a toll free number 1800 200 3550 - would enable an answer in two rings
and the ambulance would reach within ten minutes to pick up a patient and taking the person to the nearest hospital. Named as “Jivan Mitra Swasthya Seva”, the patient has just to pay fuel bill and there would not be any fare for ferrying the patients to hospitals. Lauding the effort, independent member of the Ra-
jya Sabha Parimal Nathwani said on the occasion said all round development was the solution to curb naxalism. Veteran journalist Harivansh said, “The novel service is an example for every constituency in the country to follow.” Source: IBNlive
SBI Bantalab donates Ambulance to Shirya Bhat Mission Hospital Jammu: Under Corporate Social Responsibility State Bank of India CRPF Bantalab Branch donated an Ambulance (TATA winger) to Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital and Research Centre, Durgangar, Jammu. The Ambulance was handed over to Dr. K.L Chowdhury, Chairman of the Hospital Trust by Ajit Kumar Jain Dy. General Manager, J&K Zone in an impressive function held here. Dr. Chowdhury in his address thanked the SBI authorities with special mention to N.K Chari Chief General Manager, Chandigarh, A.K Jain Deputy General Manager, P.K Abrol Regional Manager & other officials present for selecting Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital for this noble gesture. He assured that the ambulance will be made available to all the needy patients for ferrying them on no-profitno-loss base. contact for advertisment
An investigation into how the teenager died began as it emerged that the plane’s pilot Lee Kang-kuk, 46, was training and in the process of getting a licence for the Boeing 777, which he was landing at that airport for the first time.
One of two Chinese schoolgirls who died in a plane crash in San Francisco may have survived the disaster only to be run over by a fire engine or ambulance. An investigation into how the teenager died began as it emerged that the plane’s pilot Lee Kang-kuk, 46, was training and in the process of getting a licence for the Boeing 777, which he was landing at that airport for the first time. He had logged only 43 hours at the controls on nine flights in that aircraft. More than 180 people were injured, 49 of them seriously, when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 hit a sea wall at the start of the runway, ripping off its tail, on Saturday.
There were 307 passengers and crew on the flight, which originated in Shanghai with a stop in Seoul. The two girls who died were Ye Mengyuan, 16, and Wang Linjia, 17, friends from Zhejiang province heading for a summer camp to improve their English. One of the girls was found 30ft outside the main sec tion of the plane. A fire department spokesman said: “One of the deceased did have injuries consistent with those of having been run over by a vehicle.” Photographs of the aftermath of the crash showed passengers huddling near the smoking wreckage, some of them wheeling away their suitcases. Lee Kang-kuk was being supervised in the cockpit by a senior pilot, Lee Jung-min, who was on his first fight as a trainer having received his certificate in June. He had 3,220 hours in a Boeing 777. Yoon YoungDoo, the head of the airline, said the focus on the pilot’s experience was “intolerable” and “contrary to the facts.” He said the pilot was undergoing a “very regular type of training that is done by all other airlines around the world”. Source: dna
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In his address A.K Jain said that every year State Bank of India is providing help to different school & Colleges, various social organizations and NGOs for their social needs. He appreciated the role of the Mission Hospital and informed that the Bank will be always there to help such institutions, who are working for the weaker sections & for up-liftment of the society. Sh P.K.Abrol, Regional Manager, Region II also presented the brief working profile of the SBI as far as its social responsibility and charity work is concerned. He also thanked all the participants including all the Hospital staff, Doctors and social workers, all the staff members of SBI Bantalab and all others who were present on this occasion. Source: The Northlines vishal 9910433333, ems news-rishi 9310012126, editorial- email@example.com
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