Advanced ambulance fitted with Ventilator inducted for critical referred patients from Ferozepur
Red Cross to charge Rs.12 per km
DC reiterates commitment to provide emergency health services to needy people at affordable rates
DC Reserves right to give discount or waive off the ambulance charges to poor people
Red Cross Society to engage driver and male nurse to operate Ventilator system in Ambulance
Ferozepur, April 11, 2019: In a unique initiative to provide emergency health services to needy and poor people on affordable rates, the deputy commissioner Chander Gaind has ordered Red Cross society to put its ventilator – life-saving equipment - ambulance on the roads to help the needy persons.
It was a long pending demand of locals in the absence of advanced medical facilities for taking the referred patients to nearby hospitals as there had been certain cases when the patients had died on way to a hospital.
Presiding over a meeting at district administrative complex, the deputy commissioner said that the ambulance will charge a nominal price in lieu of its services only Rs. 12 per kilometer whereas private ventilator ambulances are charging three times higher from it. Some NGO members apprised the deputy commissioner that privates ambulances are charging Rs. 10,000-12000 from the people for Ludhiana.
Responding to this, Gaind said that the red cross society's ambulance will be started on nominal rates and it will run this ambulance at no profit no loss pattern, adding that he said with a fee of Rs 12 per kilometer, a patient can be rushed to Ludhiana in only Rs 3600, which is much lower than other private ambulances.
It was decided in the meeting that the deputy commissioner will approve the cases of discount and waiver to poor people, considering their financial condition.
The deputy commissioner Chander Gaind also directed Secretary Red Cross Society to hire one male nurse and driver immediately, so that ambulance could be on road.
He asked civil surgeon Rajinder kumar and representatives of Baghi Hospital and Mission hospital to train the male nurse to operate ventilator system of the ambulance. He ordered the civil surgeon to train other medical staff to operate ventilator ambulance so that their services can be rendered in case of an emergency.
The deputy commissioner ordered Secretary Red Cross Society to complete whole hiring process as early as possible. The Vyopar Mandal Ferozepur and Shri Ram Sharman Ashram also offered their help in the maintenance of the ambulance. The deputy commissioner Mr. Chander Gaind appreciated their concern for such a noble cause.
On the occasion Assistant Commissioner Ranjit Singh, representatives of various hospitals were present.