Source: News Bharati English14 Apr 2017 11:00:54

Lucknow, April 14: The tag of a sick state 'bimaru' will be a thing of past in the next five years, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said while assuring the people that the burden of the loan waiver for farmers will not be passed on to them. The Chief Minister yogi said so at the inauguration of the 'Advance Life Support Ambulance Service' at his official residence.

Yogi has said that the state government had set an aim of providing the best and efficient healthcare services to the people of the state and to ensure that under all circumstances, these services reach far flung areas to people in need. He also said that there was an immediate and serious need for overhauling the district hospitals and improving healthcare facilities in the state and that the state government was working in this direction.

He further informed that this service was being run by the union government for the past two years but the previous state government had rejected it and in the process deprived the people of these emergency services.

He also ruled that in a state where healthcare facilities were in shambles and the state government was rejecting the facilities being provided by the centre spoke volumes of the previous government and puts a question mark on whether it actually wanted the welfare of the people. The Chief Minister further stated that India had a federal system of governance where the state and centre should work in harmony for the welfare of the people.

This is not the case and arrangements for the same have been made, the Chief Minister stated. Another fleet of 100 ambulances will soon be added to the 150 ambulances that were flagged off today, Yogi announced. These ambulances are equipped with lifesaving equipment and would come in for greater use for seriously ill patients and people who have been injured in accidents as the 'golden hour' was the most crucial to save lives under such conditions.

All ambulances will be monitored through GPS and will be run by GVK-EMRI which will be responsible for proper running of the equipment and in case they are found non-functional, a fine of Rs 10,000 will be levied. All works of these ambulances will be monitored and the Chief Minister directed officers to ensure that emoluments of those involved in this service are paid in a phased manner. He also informed that under this '108' numbered service, the ambulance will reach in 15 minutes.

These ambulances will have transport ventilators, multi-para monitors, defibrillators, foetal Doppler and medicines for critically ill. All ambulances are air-conditioned. If the ailing patient is to be picked up or from any place other than the government hospital, the ambulance will reach him/her in 30 minutes in urban areas and 45 minutes in rural areas.