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Old 31-Oct-2010
Operationalisation of emergency response services in Punjab

Chandigarh October 31:

The Punjab Health and Family Welfare department under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) here today signed a MoU with Ziqitza Health Care Ltd, Mumbai for providing Emergency Response Services in Punjab.

The MoU was signed by Principal Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra on behalf of Health department and Ziqitza Health Care CEO Shweta Mangal. Punjab's Health and Family Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla was present on the occasion.

Giving details, Prof Chawla said that under the Emergency Response Services, 240 Ambulances would be positioned in the state in a phased manner. Earlier in 2008, the department had initiated the process for finalisation of the Emergency Response Service and on January 1, 2009, an agreement with the Emergency Medical Response Institute was signed, she added. However, she said, due to fallout of Satyam Group (key stakeholder in EMRI) in January 2009, the agreement was cancelled with the company.

She said Ziqitza Healthcare Limited Mumbai had been now shortlisted after following the due procedure again. A total of 240 ambulances would be put across the roads of state. During Phase-I, 90 Basic Life Saving Ambulances would be positioned by March 2011. Prof Chawla that services of these Ambulances would be provided 24 hours through Emergency Response Centre three digits Toll Free Number.

These Ambulances would operate in urban and rural areas shift the trauma cases and other emergency in the designated earmarked health institutions. Ambulances would provide services in case of road side trauma, suicide, cardiac emergency, neonatal paediatric emergency, diabetic emergency, respiratory emergency, maternal emergency, epilepsy emergency, animal bite, burns, fever and infection, she added.

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