Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy launched 1,088 ambulances, equipped with modern life support systems to provide advanced healthcare services. Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off the ‘108’ and ‘104’ emergency response vehicles in Vijayawada. The state Minister for Health AK Krishna Srinivas (Alla Nani) and several other ministers participated in the launch function.
Flagging off the ambulance vehicles, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the state government is introducing the ‘family doctor’ concept and also setting the ground for establishing digital electronic health records of all patients. The Chief Minister also announced a pay hike for the ambulance service employees.
The ambulance service of 108 and 104 is a free emergency service in 25 States and Union Territories of India. The service is a public-private partnership between state governments and private emergency medical services providers. Former great Andhra Chief Minister late YS Rajasekhara Reddy launched this service in Andhra Pradesh.
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off new healthcare service vehicles and inaugurated a Cancer Care Center at Guntur. The CM of AP took to wish the doctors and wrote, “Best wishes to the medical fraternity on #DoctorsDay. Honored to inaugurate a Cancer Care Center at Guntur & flag off a fleet of 1088 brand new 104, 108 healthcare service vehicles.
For the first time, 26 neo-natal ambulance units are being inducted into the fleet of 412 new ‘108’ ambulances, where 104 of them are advanced life support vehicles and 282 are basic life support vehicles. In addition to these, to cater to the interior and remote villages, 676 Mobile Medical Units (MMU) of ‘104’ emergency services are being introduced. The 26 neonatal ambulances in the fleet are equipped to shift newborns and infants to hospitals in emergency cases. The ‘108’ vehicles are painted in blue colour while the ‘104’ ambulances are green in colour. The vehicles are also enabled with surveillance cameras to ensure proper health care monitoring by doctors.