Shimla : The 108 ambulance service launched across Himachal Pradesh a year ago has become a popular household name across the hill state , claims the stateâ€™s health department.
â€œIn the last one year 90,411 patients have availed the free service of this service .There are currently 108 ambulances all over the state ,â€ Rajeev Bindal the stateâ€™s health minister said .
â€œAround 18,188 were pregnant women . Of these 527 women delivered a baby in the ambulance with the help of the para medics and equipment in the vehicle ,â€ said Bindal .
â€œThere were 5654 road accident cases who were shifted to the nearest hospital by these ambulances ,â€ he said .
There were also even 442 snake bite cases from the lower hills of the state , of which 82 were treated in the vehicle .
The 108 ambulance service was launched a year ago . In the first launch 50 vehicles were on the road .This was followed by 50 and 8 vehicles , taking the total number of ambulances to 108 and covering all twelve districts of the state .
People can dial toll free from any corner of the state and the patient is shifted quickly to the nearest hospital free .