Rural India is seeing a new concept of ambulance called the Motorcycle Ambulance. An innovative, cost-effective solution–a comprehensive motorcycle ambulance system that helps the needy patients to get timely medical aid. The USP is that it can be operated in hard to reach areas.
The motorcycle-ambulance is a motorcycle fitted with side-carriage customized for carrying patients. It is a referral ambulance, that means it only ferries the patient to the hospital.
In India, the concept was introduced in the year 2015 with the authorization of UNICEF in collaboration with the Saathi Samaj Sevi Sanstha and the Health Department of the Chhattisgarh state. The ambulances worked out in the remote regions of Chhattisgarh, where sick and pregnant women often die as they would not reach the hospital on time. According to the reports, the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Raipur is working on upgrading the design of the motorbike-ambulances to benefit the remote region patients.
Story of Karimul Haque aka Ambulance Dada, 52, from Jalpaiguri West Bengal
Recently, Karimul Haque aka Ambulance Dada was gifted a specially designed Bajaj V15 motorcycle ambulance. Karimul’s mother passed away due to lack of timely medical aid. Determined to not let anyone suffer the same fate, he began ferrying the sick to hospitals on his 2-wheeled bike. So far he has saved over 3000 lives and with his new V15 bike ambulance he hopes to serve more and more people better.
A Great Salute to Karimul Haque for his service and sacrifice to the society.
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