Bhubaneshwar: The Odisha government on Sunday launched a boat ambulance service to ferry patients to hospitals in remote areas. The total project cost Rs 5.40 crore.
As many as six boat ambulances are being added to the road fleet, for now, that will be part of the ‘108’ ambulance service.
According to a senior official, two boat ambulances each have been sanctioned for Malkangiri and Kendrapara districts. And one each for Koraput and Kalahandi districts.
The ambulance service includes six boat ambulances and 60 jetties with a walkway and the per annum operational cost of the ambulances is estimated to be around Rs 90 lakh. This new facility is hope for residents who live in far-flung areas, river-locked pockets of the state, making it easier for them to reach the hospitals.
When asked, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Biswaranjan Pati told that another boat will be deployed for Jamboo under Mahakalapada tehsil. In this area, the 108 ambulance service has failed to make headway as the road route is not adequate, he added