Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday inaugurated 466 state-of-the-art ambulances at People’s Plaza in Hyderabad. The ambulances, which include 204 108 ambulances and 228 102 Amma Vodi vehicles, are equipped with advanced life-saving equipment and are staffed by trained paramedics.
Health Minister T Harish Rao also graced the occasion and addressed the opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art emergency vehicles.
Minister Harish Rao highlighted the significant progress made since Telangana’s formation, with an increase from 316 to 455 ambulances in the state. He emphasized improved accessibility, with one vehicle now serving every 75,000 people, compared to the previous ratio of one for every 100,000 people. Praising the efficiency of healthcare initiatives, he mentioned “Amma Vodi” catering to 4 thousand people daily and “108” serving 2 thousand people per day.
The government’s proactive approach includes implementing 100-bed hospitals in each constituency to enhance healthcare facilities for all residents. Efforts to make 50 thousand beds available in government hospitals through the establishment of one medical college for each district, Four TIMS, and Warangal Health City were commended.
Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Harish Rao assured that the medical sector is prepared to face any health challenges, reaffirming the government’s commitment to supporting citizens during times of illness.
Comparing Telangana’s accomplishments to BJP and Congress-ruled states, he emphasized the state’s focus on progressive schemes and development initiatives.
In a remarkable gesture of support to Asha activists, Minister Harish Rao announced that the government will pay the cell phone bills and provide smartphones to newly appointed Asha workers in the Hyderabad area.
With an aim to improve emergency response times, the average ambulance arrival time has been reduced from 30 minutes to just 15 minutes, ensuring a dynamic fleet position.Additionally, Minister Harish Rao announced a wage increase for 108 employees, recognizing their vital contributions and dedication to public service. (INN)