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News : 108 Helpline to Impart Medical Emergency Training to Forest Officials
Dehradun, India, Aug 7, 2015 -- To enable forest officials to tackle medical emergencies efficiently, 108 GVK, a medical helpline, has come up with a comprehensive plan to provide them first responder training.
The helpline has handled more than 3,500 emergency cases pertaining to forests in the past five years.
The first such training camp was inaugurated by forest minister Dinesh Agrawal at GVK's Chander Nagar office on Friday. The session will comprise three health services such as trauma, medical and environmental emergencies.
Under the first phase, 1,000 forest officials along with villagers (gram sewaks) of Garhwal region would be trained in 25 camps. Similar initiatives would then be undertaken in Kumaon region.
Lauding the measures taken by GVK, Manish Tinku, head of Uttarakhand chapter, told TOI, "The state has a large area under forest cover. Training forest officials will not only enhance their skills but also prove beneficial for locals in far-flung areas where medical facilities are not available immediately."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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108 is a free telephone number for emergency services in India, currently operational in 17 States ( Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) and two Union Territories (Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.) The 108 Emergency Response Service is a free emergency service providing integrated medical, police and fire emergency services. The service is a public-private partnership between state governments and private EMS providers. 108 was introduced by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana for the first time in India. 108 is also functional in Punjab Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar Kerala. Till November 2014 this service handled 5.4 lakh emergency cases in India.
Published: Monday, August 10, 2015