News : Police Launch Helpline Number for Ambulances in Mumbai
Mumbai, India, Nov 5, 2015 -- In order to provide quick passage to critical patients, Thane police has come up with a helpline number for ambulances and created a systematic network between traffic signals. Keeping in mind the ‘golden hour’, during which a person’s life can possibly be saved, awareness campaigns will now be held to sensitise all ambulance drivers about the helpline number.
The number (8879118811) can be dialled before an ambulance is leaving to pick or drop a patient. According to GL Kabdule, public relations officer with Thane police, the police will alert traffic cops about the vehicle’s route after receiving the call.
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"The traffic police will relay the information to all signals on the ambulance’s route and attempt to clear as much traffic as possible for the vehicle to pass," Kabdule said, adding that while a green corridor cannot be created for all ambulances, sensitisation drives will aim to teach drivers to keep to their left so that an ambulance can overtake them from the right.
Thane joint commissioner VV Lakshmi Narayana said that NMT buses, auto unions, schools, colleges and citizen forums will be approached to spread the word. "Ambulance drivers will be guided with alternative bypass during traffic congestion," said Dr Rashmi Karandikar, DCP, Traffic.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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