108 ambulances deteriorated in the district hospital, doors are suddenly locked in dilapidated ambulances, patients’ lives in perpetuity, old and sick ambulances are responsible for saving the lives of patients, due to the back door not opening, the compulsion to take them out from the front window
Published: June 26, 2022 12:43:59 am
Dantewada. In the district, emergency services are being provided to the patients from old and sick ambulances. In this, along with the patients, the life of the pilot i.e. driver and EMT running in the ambulance is always at risk. The condition of emergency service 108 ambulances is deteriorating day by day, it can be gauged from the fact that one ambulance is lying defunct in 3 ambulances posted at the district headquarters. At the same time, due to the non-opening of the doors of the 12-year-old ambulance, patients have to be pulled out of the ventilator i.e. window on the side of the driver’s cabin instead of the back door. A similar incident came to the fore on Saturday, when Gamir, an elderly patient brought from Hitameta in Barsoor area, had to be pulled out from the side of the window with this ventilator.
Wherever the ambulance breaks down
The condition of some of the Tata Winger and Force model vehicles being used in emergency services is so bad that the road deteriorates, and patients have to be shifted to the hospital by calling another vehicle. A few months back, an ambulance carrying a patient from Katekalyan had to face a similar situation. The ambulance stopped in the middle of the way. After this, the patient was brought from the district hospital by sending another ambulance.
Ambulances running above two lakh km
Emergency service ambulance was started in the year 2011 in Dantewada district. Initially 4 ambulances were found. At present, a total of 6 ambulances are available in the district, out of which some old ambulances are still serving, which have run above 2 lakh km, but their maintenance is not being taken care of. Initially, emergency service ambulance was being operated by GVK EMRI company, but the situation is deteriorating since the year 2019 when this service was taken over by Jai Ambe Ambulance Service. The situation is so bad that the company is getting the cost of repairing the fault in the vehicle from the pocket of the pilot concerned. Instead of getting the vehicles repaired from any local vendor in Dantewada, it is done from Jagdalpur, due to which it takes 2-3 days or more for the damaged ambulance to arrive.
108 ambulance deteriorated in district hospital