Srinagar: The government on Thursday launched an awareness drive to sensitize people about providing safe passage to ambulances.
A government spokesman said that health minister, Chowdhary Lal Singh accompanied by roads and buildings departments, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari flagged off the drive at traffic police department.
Speaking on the occasion, Chowdhary Lal Singh said that government was much keen for providing better patient care services in the state.
“In this regard a special Ambulance awareness drive has been launched to make people aware about the significance of providing hassle free and smooth movement of ambulances carrying patients on the road,” he said.
He said such drive was aimed at to sensitize the people particularly persons driving vehicles to provide smooth passage to ambulances on priority.
He said when a critical care patient was onboard, the driver or any other official should be mandatorily informing the traffic Police Control Room on designated numbers.
The traffic police will then devise a route for the ambulance and ensure minimum hassle free it on the road so that it reaches its destination as soon as possible and timely treatment is provided to the patient.
The minister also said as many as 50 ambulances fully equipped with modern gadgets including GPS and internet facilities would be placed at different places for the convenience of people.
He said pubic cooperation is pivotal for success of this drive to ensure smooth passage for the ambulance on priority so that precious lives are saved.
Syed Altaf Bukhari also appreciated the initiative and said government will provide all support for its success implementation so that better healthcare facility is ensured to the needy.