Panaji: Goa will increase its count of
GVK-Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) ambulances
from 22 to 29 this year end following a donation from a
"well-wisher", State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said
Rane told the gathering during EMRI`s second anniversary
in Goa that "a well-wisher has agreed to donate seven
ambulances for this ambitious PPP scheme."
EMRI currently runs 22 ambulances which have attended to
65,500 emergencies in last two years saving 5,227 lives with
The health minister said that a well-wisher has agreed to
give seven ambulances by December 19, 2010 and he will also
bear its operational charges.
Rane refused to name the well-wisher claiming that talks
are still on.
"Once we have 29 ambulances, few will be able to keep
some of them standby to be used during extreme exigencies,"
the health minister said.
He said that the EMRI ambulances, which are accessible on
108 toll free number, will have a relook at its data to decide
on the deployment of ambulances.
"This (ambulance deployment) should not be a political
decision. EMRI should study the data available since last two
years and deploy them accordingly," he said.
EMRI`s Chief Executive Officer Venkat Changavalli said
that Goa model of emergency rooms to stabilize the patient at
rural level before he reaches the main hospital has inspired
various other states.
"Assam government wants 50 such emergency rooms and
Gujarat too wants emergency rooms in its state," Changavalli
He said ambulances in Goa are equipped with Global
positioning system so that officers sitting in Hyderbad can
also track its movement and vitals of the patient are
transported through it.