Odisha Government has decided to spend 90 crores from State Government fund for 92 additional Ambulances. In this regard Saturday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off new 108 Ambulance at OSRTC Office in Bhubaneswar. In the first phase, 24 ambulances were launched. The remaining vehicles of the fleet of 92 ambulances will be rolled out phase-wise, across the State.
The 108 Emergency Medical Ambulance Service was launched in the State on 5’h March 2013 and presently has a fleet of 420 vehicles covering all 30 districts, providing emergency medical service, free of cost to the people. The fleet has 364 ‘Basic Life Support’ (BLS) and 56 ‘Advanced Life Support’ (ALS) ambulances.
In addition to the 108 Ambulance Service, the State has in position a fleet of 500 ambulances under 102 Ambulance Service for transportation of pregnant mothers and sick infants.
Till date, over 31 lakh people of the state have benefited from the ambulance service. This intervention has been instrumental in significant reductions in both the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the State.
In order to further improve the performance of Emergency Ambulance Service in the State, particularly in tribal districts, and to meet the increasing demand for this service, the Government of Odisha through exclusive State budget funding, have provided for an additional 92 Ambulances under the 108 fleet. The State Govt. has also provided for upgradation of 28 Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances to Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, out of the State fund,to strengthen the existing ambulance fleet. The Govt. of Odisha has made a budget provision of 90 crores (over a period of five years) for these additional ambulances.