Tamil-Nadu government’s Two-wheeler ambulances are saving thousands of lives in Chennai


Two-wheeler ambulances

Road and vehicular mishaps are unfortunately are the dark spot of our ever-growing nation. According to reports, there is one serious injury and one death every minute, taking place on Indian roads.

Sadly, most of these deaths happen as medical-care is unable to reach the victims within the crucial “golden hour”, often called the defining hour between life and death. Even more critical within this golden hour are the first 10 minutes, termed as the “platinum ten”, wherein the patient needs immediate primary care.

To ensure that the right care and assistance reaches the victims of road-accidents as soon as possible, Tamil-Nadu government had launched two-wheeler ambulances, earlier this year in Chennai. Given a green light by the late Chief Minister, J Jayalalitha, this Rs. 70-lakh project is a pivotal step towards fortifying road safety.

The ease with which two-wheelers are able to navigate during heavy traffic scenarios leads to a substantial reduction in response time and was thus the inspiration behind this initiative. These automobiles are driven by medical practitioners who are well-trained for tending to the injured with utmost care. To assist this life-saving process, these vehicles are equipped with portable oxygen cylinders, pulsoxymeters, BP apparatus, glucometers, and digital thermometers. The two-wheeler ambulances also have sirens, enabling them to cut-through traffic and reach the site of mishap as soon as possible. They are dispatched instantly on the site of the accident, based on the calls received on the standard emergency hotline number, 108. The project had been started with 41 vehicles of which 31 are motorbikes and 10 scooters so that female medical-assistants too can easily operate them.

Stationed at the city’s busiest and thus, the most accident prone junctions, these vehicles are proving to be a god-sent for the injured, desperate for prompt medical care, and are providing a better chance of survival for hundreds, by making every second and life count.

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