The Delhi Government has come up with a novel solution to deal with problems shifting injured sportmen and patients to hospitals during the Commonwealth Games. It has decided to depute motorbike-borne paramedics across the Games venues, apart from Advanced Life Support ambulances. The bike, said Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia, will be a convenient mode of transportation in areas where bigger vehicles cannot go.
"Initially, we are ordering for 10 motorbikes, which will be used for ensuring that paramedics reach to injured people faster. This will help administor first aid quicker while life support ambulances are on the way." said Walia. She said that bike will be driven by trained paramedics and all necessary medical-aid will be available in it. There are some venues and areas nearby where ambulances cannot go and two-wheelers will be a convenient option for speedy services, she added.
The Government will also issue short-notice tenders for the purchase of 22 Advanced Life Support ambulances and 10 other ambulances. The move comes following cancellation of the contract between Delhi Government and the Fortis Healthcare and Emergency Services Ltd (FHESL) under which 150 ambulances were to be provided to the health department before the Commonwealth Games. Sources said the prototype shown to the expert committee recently was again not up to mark with problems in its air-conditioning and suspension system. This despite the fact that the private agency was issued a showcause notice last month for delay in supply of ambulances and technical glitches therein, so the cancellation.
"Members of the expert committee were unanimous in their view that the given ambulances could not be used to carry high-risk patients,'' said Walia. She added that legal proceedings have been initiated for the cancellation of the contract. The city government-run Centralised Accidents and Trauma Services (CATS) has not more than 35 ambulances in working condition even as most city hospitals lack in ambulance facility. Accident victims often succumb to injuries due to delay in transportation and on-spot medical aid.Most of the city hospitals including AIIMS Trauma Center do not have more than five ambulances. PCR vans, Maruti vans and other Jeeps having no medical faciltity or trained persons often serve the purpose.