Deccan Chronicle

CM inaugurate­s fleet of 466 ambulances

- DC CORRESPOND­ENT HYDERABAD, AUG.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashe­kar Rao flagged off 466 ambulances at the People’s Plaza here on Tuesday to boost accessibil­ity and efficiency of emergency medical assistance. Of these, 204 are meant for the ’108’ service, 228 for the ‘102’ Amma Odi service and 34 will be used as hearses across the state.

Speaking at the event, health minister Harish Rao said Telangana state now has one emergency vehicle for every 75,000 population against one for every lakh previously. “The average ambulance arrival time has been reduced from 30 minutes to just 15 minutes,” the minister. said

The minister also announced an increase in the wage of ‘108’ ambulance workers. For ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers, the government will pay their phone bills.

Newly-appointed ASHA workers will get smartphone­s. The health minister said that the state government had made an

effort to make 50,000 beds available in government hospitals by establishi­ng one government college for each district, four units of the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (Tims) as well as the Warangal Health City.

The health minister said that with facilities of Palle Dawakhana in villages, Basti Dawakhana in the urban areas and medical colleges and super specialty hospitals in the districts as well as

KCR Kits and KCR Nutrition Kits, the state had set an example in healthcare. In contrast, the states ruled by the BJP and the Congress were affected by their corruption.

Home minister Mahmood Ali, Chief Secretary A. Shanti Kumari, Khairataba­d MLA D. Nagender, health secretary S.A.M Rizvi, Mayor Gadwal Vijayalaks­hmi, public health director Dr G. Srinivasa Rao were among those present on the occasion.

 ?? — DC ?? Chief Minister K. Chandrashe­kar Rao flags off ambulances at People’s Plaza near Hussainsag­ar in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Ministers Mohammad Mahmood Ali, T. Harish Rao and others look on.
— DC Chief Minister K. Chandrashe­kar Rao flags off ambulances at People’s Plaza near Hussainsag­ar in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Ministers Mohammad Mahmood Ali, T. Harish Rao and others look on.

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