Odisha Health Department will soon start motorcycle ambulance service in remote areas of Mayurbhanj district where 102 and 108 ambulances cannot reach due to inaccessible terrain and other factors.
This was informed by Health Minister Pratap Jena, who was here on Friday to review construction work of Pandit Raghunath Murmu MCH at Rangamatia. He said these motorcycle ambulances will come as a huge help for pregnant women and critical patients who face difficulty in reaching health centres in the absence of 102 and 108 ambulances.
The Minister added that there are 329 inaccessible villages in Mayurbhanj district where there are no roads for ambulances to reach. Due to this, many women are forced to opt for non-institutional delivery and children are not brought to health centres for immunisation. The Minister said State Government will soon provide `50 crore for purchase of equipment for the MCH where facilities like CT Scan, dialysis, MRI and digital x-ray would be provided to the patients free of cost.