Trichy, India, Oct 20, 2017 -- This Diwali saw an unusually large number of road accidents with 39 of them being attended to by the fleet of 108 ambulances alone on a single day. The call centre of the medical emergency service received calls continuously from people to help road accident victims as well as patients with severe ailments. Diwali was also a busy day for the ambulance pilots and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) of the free ambulance service in Trichy.
Thuraiyur and Manapparai areas recorded several road accidents. Ambulance service rescued the victims of eight accidents in Thuraiyur and ten incidents in Manapparai on Wednesday. The remaining ones among the 39 took place in areas around Trichy city. All the accidents in Thuraiyur area involved two-wheelers and the rescued victims were admitted to government hospitals.
The management of 108 ambulance service in Trichy said that usually one-third of the total cases attended by their service was accidents. "We attend to 10 to 15 cases of road traffic accidents in the district every day. But the number was 39 yesterday. The increase was due to the revelry," said programme manager of GVK-EMRI, R Kannan.
According to the management of the ambulance service, drunken driving was not the only reason for all the accidents as violation of road traffic rules too accounted for some. Compared to the accidents last year, vehicles were redirected to accident-prone areas such as Samayapuram , TVS toll gate, Palpannai, Amma Mandapam and Mukkombu areas on Wednesday.
Trichy has 30 ambulances including two bike ambulances and two neo-natal ambulances all of which were put to use on Wednesday. The bike ambulances were pressed into service to give first aid to the victims in the areas where the four-wheeler ambulances could not reach easily. In all, the ambulance service attended to patients in 124 incidents including many cases of fever.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Date Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017
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