25 two-wheeler and 10 more ALS ambulances by July; Health Minister inspects GMC to identify wards requiring renovation
PANJIM: Nine new 108 ambulances with advanced life saving (ALS) equipment will be functional and serving Goans from June. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane informed Herald that the first fleet of nine ambulances have arrived and would be in-service soon.
“We are happy that the first fleet of nine ambulances has arrived. These will be equipped with advanced life saving systems costing around Rs 90 lakh and will be put in service by the first week of June,” Rane said.
He added that 25 two-wheeler ambulances will be in-service from July and another fleet of 10 ambulances with ALS systems will also be operational from July.
Rane who had introduced the 108 ambulance and emergency services in the State during his earlier tenure as Health Minister, has taken up the task of revamping the ambulance service. “In addition, in two months we will have the top of the line fleet of cardiac care ambulances,” he stated.
The Health Minister also inspected Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC) along with the Dean, heads of departments and Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) officials.
Rane said, “We are identifying the wards that need to be renovated on a war-footing and 22 wards will be renovated in the next 18 months. We have identified ward 117, part of which will be made available for cardiology until an alternative setup is made available and part will be used for rotation of other wards.”
He also inspected the blood banks and bio-chemistry and immuno chemistry laboratories. “We have decided to make necessary improvements as per the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) guidelines and move forward towards NABL accreditation. We will set-up a cold room for storage and upgrading the facilities including air-conditioning of the waiting area,” Rane said.