Oscar Farnandes, the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways launched emergency care initiatives on 29 July 2013 on Gurgaon- Jaipur stretch of NH-8. For giving a boost to the emergency care of the accident victims, the Union Minister launched a pilot project for cashless treatment of accident victims on Gurgaon- Jaipur stretch of NH-8.
• Advance Life Support ambulances: Oscar Farnandes flagged off six new Advance Life Support ambulances for the purpose of urgent and emergency transport of accident victims to the nearby hospitals. These Advance Life Support ambulances are supplied by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
• Crash Investigation Vehicle: Apart from the ambulances, the Union minister also launched a Crash Investigation Vehicle. This is deployed by the National Automotive Testing research and Development Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) for scientific investigation of serious accidents on NH-8 by the team headed by Professor Anoop Chawla of IIT, Delhi.
• National Ambulance Code: Oscar Farnandes released the National Ambulance Code developed by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways by making use of the expertise of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, with the active participation of the automobile industry, the vehicle testing agencies and other stakeholders.
Unique Features of the Pilot Project
• A Toll free No.1033 to report accidents
• A 24X7X365 call centre to receive information about accidents and deploy the nearest ambulance by tracking through GPS device
• Local youth nominated by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan as Road Safety Volunteers who were trained in First Aid by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways at All India Institute of Medical Sciences
• Cashless treatment of road accident victims at Gurgaon – Jaipur stretch at 44 empanelled hospitals and 7 government hospitals located on the stretch
• Scientific investigation of serious accidents by a team headed by Prof. Anoop Chawla of IIT, Delhi, under a project sanctioned by Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises in association with NATRIP
Standards and Guidelines for constructional and functional requirements of ambulances
• In order to ensure the comfort as well as care of the patients, a few minimum standards as well as guidelines were also laid down for the purpose of constructional and functional requirements of ambulances.
• The category of First Responder, which also includes two wheeled ambulances, has been especially introduced for the first time in India in order to cater to the need for providing prompt medical care in congested by-lanes and high traffic areas.
• The construction of ambulances would take place according to the provisions of the Code mandatory under Central Motor Vehicles Rules.
When: 29 July 2013