News : A Day to Recognise '108' Ambulance Pilots
Chennai, May 28, 2014 -- Timeliness is the hallmark of the ‘108’ ambulance service, said MS Shanmugam, Project Director, Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project on Monday.
He addressed a gathering of pilots (ambulance drivers), who played a vital role in saving lives during emergencies, on Pilots Day organised by GVK EMRI.
On the occasion, he added that timeliness was an important guideline for the staff of the ‘108’ ambulance service especially for those working on-field.
"A log is maintained from the time a call is received till the patient reaches a health facility within the golden hour. It is their ‘hallmark’ just like the hallmark given for gold," the official said.
Stating that new efforts would be taken soon to strengthen the service, the project director said that though the pilots were paid for the work they do, their concern to save lives and their devotion to their job deserved laurels.
Earlier, B N Sridhar, regional chief operating officer, GVK EMRI, said that pilots played a major role in the increase, in the number of beneficiaries in emergency cases from 62,000 to 70,000.
Pilots from across the State shared their experience during the event. Sivasamy, a pilot from Coimbatore district, recalled how he and his emergency medical technician could reach a man, who was suffering chest pain, after they asked a little girl to wave at them through a window, in order to locate them quickly.
Pilots, who were identified based on fleet operation and maintenance, were felicitated at the event.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014