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Posted at: Jun 1, 2015, 12:39 AM; last updated: May 31, 2015, 11:03 PM (IST)

Valley soon to get four critical care ambulances

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 31

The emergency medical services in the Valley will get a boost as Kashmir is set get four critical care ambulances to handle trauma cases across the region.

These ambulances will be launched under Kashmir Life Line, a programme initiated by the Borderless World Foundation, a non- governmental organisation, and the Centre for Research and Development Policy (CRDP), a Kashmir-based group working on critical research leading to policy formation, in association with the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir.

“Initially, both the groups will be providing four fully-equipped cardiac and trauma care ambulances to the Health Department. The Health Services Department will manage and run the ambulance services,” said Director, CRDP, Ghulam Nabi Suhail.

“The organisations are planning to launch 15 such ambulances in the Valley by the end of this year,” he said.

The ambulances will be stationed at four different locations of the Valley.

Suhail said one ambulance would be stationed at Sangrama in Baramulla, another at Qazigund in Anantnag district, while two ambulances would be stationed at the Sanatnagar and Dargah areas in Srinagar.

An emergency medical services survey conducted by the Borderless World Foundation in the frontier Kupwara district in association with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, had revealed that most of the emergency cases were related deliveries, cardiac arrests, road side accidents, brain hemorrhage, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, food poisoning, burns, paralysis, psychiatric problems, respiratory problems and so on.

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