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Kashmir’s rural areas to get 800 GPS-fitted ambulances

India: Around 800 ambulances fitted with GPS would be made available for patients in rural areas in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the state government. People in rural areas would only need to dial the toll-free number 102 to avail ambulance services fitted with GPS under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The aim of the service was to provide timely health care during emergencies like accidents, with the focus on maternal and child health.

Around 800 ambulances across the state have been fitted with GPS so as to track their movements. A control room for availing the ambulance service has been set up in each district hospital of the state. The control room will help in ensuring optimal delivery of health care to patients calling for help, including stabilisation of the patient before transport, emergency admission, and preparation at the hospital to receive a critical patient.

Source: Business standard