Boat Ambulance Services to be introduced in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 8: Keeping in mind to make the existing healthcare system more facilitating, the Odisha government has taken the decision to allocate six boat ambulances in four districts where the villagers are facing problems in availing the 108 ambulance service. The four districts are Koraput, Kendrapara, Kalahandi and Malkangiri. This initiative would be taken through state funds. P K Meherda, health and family welfare secretary informed this to media. Regarding the same, on Saturday, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked between the State government and the Ziquitza Health Care in order to boost the health care services.

92 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances will be added to the 420 ambulances that are now in operation in different parts of the state. It has also been decided to render Rs 21 crore for emergency ambulance services in Odisha.

The state government has also signed another MoU with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) for rendering a post graduation diploma course to the already serving doctors in different district headquarters hospital in Odisha.

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