The city launches bicycle ambulance service for Covid-19 patients

Covid-19 patients in Jaipur can deliver their medication with the help of a bicycle ambulance service. You can access this facility by calling 108.

Along HT Autodesk
January 15, 2022, 6:06 pm

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As the number of cases of Covid-19 is increasing again in the country, the state is taking various precautions and measures to support patients and prevent their numbers from increasing further. Among them, Rajasthan has launched a bicycle ambulance service in Jaipur, delivering medicine to patients who are independent at home.

These Covid-19 patients in the city can use the service by calling 108 from their home, officials said. According to an official statement, there are 25 bicycle ambulances at each police station in Jaipur. The state reported 9,881 new cases as of Thursday, of which 2,785 were from Jaipur. Currently, there are a total of 45,565 treatments in Rajasthan.

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After the pandemic struck the country, many creative innovations were observed in various states, including a man in Kerala last year turning his tuk-rickshaw into an ambulance and taking a Covid-19 patient on a ferry. He started by helping pregnant women who returned from the Gulf countries. He said he carried nearly 500 people by ferry last year. Car driver Premachandran said last year that many were reluctant to take people to hospitals. After he began his service, Asya workers and local governments also traveled to him to help move patients.

Premachandran covered his car with a plexiglass barrier from three sides to protect others from the patients he transported. He also used a seat barrier to protect himself. He also shared that he thoroughly disinfected the auto rickshaw after each trip he made.

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During the second wave of last year, several Pune three-wheeled taxi drivers launched the Jugaad Ambulance initiative to help patients with their transportation requirements. Covid patients benefited from these cars because they were retrofitted with oxygen cylinders. Keshav Kshirsagar, the leader of the initiative, said the oxygen cylinders in these vehicles lasted 6-7 hours and the group is helping many patients and their families.

(There is input from PTI)

First edition publication date: January 15, 2022, 6:06 pm IST The city launches bicycle ambulance service for Covid-19 patients

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