Shillong, February 1: The GVK EMRI, 108 Emergency Service Ambulance popularly known as “Wheels of Hope” in its six years of existence have been able to attend to 1, 09, 508 emergencies cases and saved more than 11, 500 lives. “Wheels of Hope”, handling emergencies cases – be it medical, police or fire, was set up on February 2 2009.
The service launched in a PPP (Private Public Partnership) format by the Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with GVK EMRI, have at present 47 ambulances in 42 locations operatiol across all the eleven districts of the state.
The 108 Emergency Service Ambulance team station in different parts of the state attend to different types of emergencies – saving precious lives.
The team has attended to cases of heart attack, road traffic accident or fall from height even as it ushered in new life by conducting and assisting in safe institutiol deliveries either inside the ambulance or at the health facilities, and administering first aid to victim suffering from minor injuries.
Functiol for 24 hours for the past six years, GVK EMRI – Meghalaya operations attends to emergency calls at the ERC (Emergency Response Centre).
The emergency calls stand at one call every one and half minute, handling one emergency every 24 minute and attending on site one emergency every 31 minutes.
Pregncy related cases tops the emergency cases handled in the state accounting for 29 per cent of all emergencies.
A total of 982 deliveries have been conducted safely by the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) inside the 108 Ambulance and some of the deliveries consisted of twins and triplets.
The share of GVK EMRI to total institutiol deliveries in the state is about 37 per cent and handles 11 per cent of all delivery cases.
GVK EMRI – Meghalaya last year introduced a new process in collaboration with tiol Health Mission.
The process known as Mother and Child Tracking Centre (MCTS) was introduced with the objective to track, verify all pregnt women in the state and advise them on institutiol delivery and also verify if key check–ups like Ante tal Check–up (ANC) have been done.
Post one year of the project put into operatiol mode, the MCTS team have communicated with 6, 800 expecting mothers and 1925 ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife).