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Himachal Pradesh to Have Free Ambulance Services

by Kathy Jones on  July 10, 2010 at 11:03 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Health Minister Rajeev Bindal has revealed that Himachal Pradesh will boast of free ambulance services by the end of this year. This has been made possible by a tie-up with a private company.
 Himachal Pradesh to Have Free Ambulance Services
Himachal Pradesh to Have Free Ambulance Services
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In the first phase, the ambulance service will start on October 2 from Sirmaur, Solan, Una and Hamirpur districts. On December 25, the service will be introduced in all the other districts except tribal Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts.

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"A PPP (public-private-partnership) agreement was signed between the government and Hyderabad-based company GVK-EMRI to run 108 ambulances in the state," Mr Bindal told reporters.

GVK-EMRI chief executive officer Venkat Chengavalli said that Himachal would be the first state in the country to boast of such a service, which is close to the recommended WHO standards.


Source: Medindia
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