Bhubaneswar, December 24 (LocalWire): The state Health and Family Welfare Department has decided to replace old ambulances with a fleet of new ones for the hassle-free and interruption-free operation of the pre-hospital emergency medical service.
The government currently has 512 ambulances under its 108 Emergency Ambulance Service as part of the pre-hospital facility in the state.
As the majority of these ambulances were procured six to seven years back, they are now being replaced in a phased manner, sources said, adding that while 92 new ambulances have already been purchased, the remaining 420 old ambulances will be replaced by March 2020.
This fleet includes both Basic Life Support and Advance Life Support ambulances.
The average response time for 108 services is 20 minutes for urban locations, 25 minutes for semi-urban and 35 minutes for rural locations.
The pre-hospital service of ambulances can be requested by dialing the toll-free number 108 and all ambulances are monitored through a GPS tracking system, officials stated.