Govt plans to take bike ambulances city-wide
NEW DELHI: The AAP-led Delhi government on Friday decided to expand the bike ambulance project, which was earlier restricted only to East Delhi. In a tweet, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal praised the success of AAP's pilot project bike ambulance, which will now be accessible to people all across the city. The success of the project prompted the CM to include the entire capital and increase the number of bikes.
As per the report, over 600 calls were made within the few months of the launch of the project, which saved many lives. The ambulances are also known as first responder vehicles (FRVs).
The state government had launched 16 bikes in February to provide first aid to those in need of emergency care in the congested districts of East and North-East Delhi. The FRV is not meant for transporting patients, but simply to provide first aid till the ambulance arrives. The average time that the ambulance usually takes is 20 minutes, but the FRVs reach to attend emergency patients within ten minutes.
"I am happy that patients living in narrow bylanes of Delhi too are getting health facilities through bike ambulances. A plan is underway to expand this service to entire Delhi," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
Kejriwal issued a statement saying, "A large number of Delhi's people live in unauthorised colonies or other such areas where streets are very narrow. I was very concerned about how to provide better emergency healthcare to the people living in these colonies. With this in mind, the bike ambulance service was launched. It was started on a pilot basis in East Delhi and it has shown excellent results. The Delhi government is planning to extend the service to the entire city." The pilot project has shown "excellent results," Kejriwal was quoted as saying in the statement.
The facilities available in FRVs include a portable oxygen cylinder, a first aid kit and dressing materials, air-splints, foldable transfer sheets, ambu bags, glucometer, pulse oxymeter, a portable manual suction machine, a GPS device and a communication device.
According to a govt statement, these FRVs are manned by trained ambulance manpower.