Bhubaneswar: The 108 emergency ambulance service, which is considered the lifeline within the healthcare system, typically hogs the headlines because of its alleged failure to supply well timed service to sufferers throughout emergency. Nevertheless, it’s in information as soon as once more however this time because of alleged irregularities in operations.
A Proper to Data (RTI) utility, which is accessed by OTV, hints at huge irregularities within the ambulance service within the State. As per the RTI reply, a 108 ambulance below Dhamnagar police of Bhadrak district coated 1650 kilometre distance on March 10 final yr. Nevertheless, the ambulance driver claimed the car can run solely 500 to 600 km a day.
“We are able to run the ambulance at a most pace of 60 kmph which implies we will journey 500 to 600 km per day. Throughout Covid-19 lockdown, the variety of sufferers was far much less and now it’s rising progressively,” mentioned the motive force.
This isn’t the only real case. The 108 ambulance of the district headquarters hospital at Jeypore in Koraput district additionally travelled an uncommon 1736 kilometre on March 10 final yr.
“We mainly journey to Jeypore, Koraput and Ramgiri space and canopy a distance of 500 to 600 all through the day,” mentioned the ambulance driver, Debendra Dalei.
It was alleged that 400 out of the whole 512 ambulances have furnished false data concerning their travelling.
Satyabrata Das, spokesperson of Odisha Ambulance Service Staff Affiliation mentioned, “Ambulances in coastal areas cowl most distance whereas taking sufferers to SCB Medical School and Hospital which is the referral hospital within the space whereas the ambulances of western Odisha go to VIMSAR, Burla. Equally, ambulances of southern area take sufferers to Berhampur. So, it’s unimaginable to cowl 1800 km a day.”
In accordance with sources, Mumbai-based Ziqitza Well being Care Restricted is offering ambulance service in Odisha since 2013. As per the settlement, the agency is charging Rs 24.98 per km.
Satirically, the rip-off by the non-public agency will not be new. Earlier, when the agency was being given cash on the idea of journeys, it used to furnish document of whopping 23 to 36 journeys per day which is unimaginable.
Nevertheless, Ziqitza Well being Care Restricted venture head, Odisha Sabyasachi Biswal claimed there have to be some error in knowledge interpretation.
“The travelling of ambulances is tracked by a 3rd occasion software program machine and never in our management. The determine is recorded through GPS straight. If any ambulance recorded 1700 to 1800 km journey a day, there have to be error in knowledge interpretation,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, questions are being raised how the federal government is unaware of the irregularities given the truth that GPS monitoring system is put in within the ambulances. A monitor of the GPS monitoring system can be put in on the Nationwide Well being Mission workplace.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)